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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?
ACT or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a scientifically based therapy that has proven highly effective with a huge range of painful human conditions, such as depression, addiction, stress, and many other psychological issues.
More recently, the key principles of ACT have been used in the realm of Couples Counselling with great success. ACT is now one of the most highly regarded and well-rounded Therapies for Couples.
ACT is based on a set of powerful principles that enable you to develop psychological flexibility. Psychological Flexibility is the ability to be present, open up and do what matters.
A - Accept your thoughts and feelings and be present with them.
C - Choose a Valued Direction.
T - Take Action.
The aim or essence of ACT is to create a rich, full and meaningful life while accepting that we must sometimes and inevitably also accept emotional pain.
The goal of ACT is to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological Flexibility has two key components:
1. The Ability to be psychologically present, this means being aware, attentive, open and engaged in whatever experience may be occurring in the now.
2. The ability to control your behaviour and honour your values in a conscious and deliberate manner.