Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (also known as ACT) is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT. ACT aims to help people live full and meaningful lives, whilst effectively handling the stresses that life inevitably brings.

It teaches skills such as mindfulness and acceptance, which help to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings. Moreover, it helps clients to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to them in their lives.

In acceptance and commitment therapy, it is assumed that suffering is a normal and unavoidable part of the human experience. Additionally it assumes that our attempts to control and avoid these experiences can lead to more long-term suffering.

ACT teaches clients to notice, accept and embrace thoughts and feelings. It helps clients to determine what is out of their personal control. Furthermore it helps clients commit to actions that improve and enrich their lives.