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 ACT, 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 and is not under their personal control. Furthermore it helps clients commit to actions that improve and enrich their lives.

ACT can help with anxiety disorders (such as GAD, social anxiety and OCD), depression, chronic pain, physical health problems, eating problems and workplace stress. Many of our therapists have additional training in ACT and offer this therapeutic approach alongside other therapies.