Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of evidence-based psychotherapy used to help those struggling with mental health issues.
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What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a form of psychotherapy founded on the principles of cognitive behavior therapy. This approach emphasizes accepting life as it is, while also committing to taking steps towards a personally meaningful life. ACT focuses on providing individuals with tools to help them gain insight into existing thought patterns and adopt new ones, see their world without confusion, choose meaningful values and goals, and begin committing sustained effort towards those values. Furthermore, this therapeutic approach emphasizes individuals learning how to act in the face of their thoughts rather than struggling against their experience of distress or avoidance tendencies. Ultimately, ACT seeks to provide people with greater clarity and control over their lives through the understanding that all emotions are valid, tolerable experiences.
How does Acceptance and Commitment Therapy work?
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that works on the concept of helping people to accept the things they cannot change, commit to goals and then take action. It focuses on developing mindfulness, acceptance and values-driven action as a way of living. The therapist encourages the patient to identify their “challenging private experiences” (such as distressing memories or thoughts), notice them without allowing them to affect their behaviour, and instead take action based on what they value most. According to research studies, this type of therapy is a particularly effective treatment for individuals suffering from anxiety, depression and addiction. Ultimately, ACT helps patients accept what’s out of their control, and build an emotional resilience that enables them to change behaviour in order to live meaningful lives.
What are the benefits of ACT?
Some benefits of ACT include increased self-awareness, the capacity for mindful decision-making, improved communication skills and a greater sense of purpose. This type of therapy also emphasizes developing a strong connection with ourselves through acceptance and compassion rather than attempting to avoid uncomfortable feelings or experiences. Furthermore, ACT encourages individuals to become more committed to living life according to their values regardless of difficult situations they may encounter. Ultimately, this form of therapy has the potential to enable individuals create meaningful lives while learning how to accept life’s hardships.
Are the outcomes of ACT permanent?
While there has been no conclusive evidence demonstrating the permanence of these outcomes, many people have reported lasting changes in how they view themselves, their behavior, and their relationships several years after having attended a course of treatment. Practicing mindful acceptance techniques has been suggested as one way to maintain the positive gains made in ACT therapy over time. With focused commitment to bringing attention to present experiences each day, individuals can continue to access the benefits of this therapy beyond initial treatment periods.
Who can benefit from ACT?
People who are dealing with depression, anxiety, stress or addiction as well as post-traumatic experiences, relationship and family troubles can especially benefit from Act therapy. By exploring how our emotions shape our thinking and behaviour in a safe space, it allows us to understand our triggers and reactions better so that we can make meaningful changes in our lives. Everyone deserves the chance to overcome these issues and Act therapy is one of the many methods available to them when it comes to achieving inner peace.
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ACT is a unique form of therapy that focuses on helping individuals accept and commit to their thoughts and emotions, rather than try to avoid or control them. When searching for an ACT therapist, it is essential to find someone who is not only qualified and experienced in this form of therapy but someone you feel comfortable with and can trust.
At CARESPACE you have the option of seeing a counsellor either in-person or online with TeleCARE. At CARESPACE your counsellor is less than 10-minutes away, and your first online appointment is FREE.
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