Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a present-focused talking therapy that acknowledges the impact of your relationship with thoughts, emotions, and body sensations on your behaviour; ACT therefore seeks to support mindful change towards valued goals.
ACT seeks to support psychological flexibility through mindfulness, acceptance of your internal experience, committed actions, identification of values, and awareness of our relationship with our thoughts. ACT takes a collaborative approach between you and the psychologist, with invitations to consider how or if ideas apply to the individual’s specific situation through experimentation or reflection on past experience.
Research on ACT has significantly increased over the past 15 years with areas explored including: depression, anxiety, alcohol and other drugs dependence, health conditions, chronic pain, obesity, and stress.
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