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ACT: A Tool to Help Students Manage Depression

ACT: A tool to help students manage depression

Mental health is an important topic for students, and depression is one of the most common issues they face. Fortunately, there are a variety of tools and therapies available to help them manage their depression. One such tool is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on helping people accept their thoughts and feelings without judgment or resistance in order to improve their mental health. Let’s take a look at how ACT can help students with depression.

How Does ACT Work?

The goal of ACT is to help individuals live in the present moment by accepting their thoughts and feelings instead of trying to change or avoid them. This allows them to take action despite feeling uncomfortable or scared by focusing on what matters most in life. The therapist works with the client to identify values that will guide their behavior, such as having more meaningful relationships or making healthier lifestyle choices. Then, they work together to create goals based on those values and develop skills that will help the client reach those goals.

How Can ACT Help A Student With Depression?

ACT is particularly effective for students because it helps them learn how to deal with difficult emotions without being overwhelmed or avoiding them altogether. This can be especially beneficial for those who are struggling with depression because it helps them recognize the patterns in their thinking that lead to negative emotions without getting stuck in rumination and self-criticism. It also encourages them to focus on activities that bring meaning into their lives, which can provide much-needed motivation when dealing with depression. Furthermore, it equips them with strategies for managing stress so that they can stay focused on their studies despite any challenges they may be facing mentally or emotionally.

What Are The Benefits Of ACT For A Student With Depression?

For students with depression, the ACT psychotherapy method is a valuable tool. It focuses on building up psychosocial skills that encourage personal responsibility and goal-setting. It can help to provide individuals with mental health issues such as depression a tangible toolkit they can use to navigate their emotions, behaviour, and ultimately create a healthier coping strategy. This is done in collaboration with a therapist or counsellor who strives to maintain an unbiased perspective while providing an objective outlet for the individual’s emotions and goals. The main idea behind this approach is to view thoughts as private events which, once accepted, can be used by an individual to better nurture him or herself mentally and emotionally. ACT provides an applicable concrete way for people with depression or other mental health issues to keep themselves accountable in psychotherapy sessions, ultimately leading them toward greater self-awareness and healthier coping mechanisms.

What Can A Student With Depression Expect From ACT?

A student with depression can expect multiple resources when going to a psychotherapist or counselor for help. In ACT, psychotherapists use strategies like mindfulness and acceptance to build resilience and foster an adaptive lifestyle change. Therapists focus on increasing psychological flexibility while helping the student to recognize, accept and take action toward their goals in spite of distraction, doubt, or fear. The therapist works collaboratively with the student to identify the core values that will guide them towards greater meaning, purpose, and congruence in every area of their life. Furthermore, psychotherapy brings awareness to cognitive processes in order to challenge thought patterns that may be preventing the student from achieving success. Through psychotherapy sessions, a student with depression can attain desired outcomes such as nourishing relationships, fulfilling career paths, and greater self-acceptance.

How Long Will ACT Take To Work For A Student Suffering/Dealing With Depression?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be beneficial to those struggling with depression, but the journey of healing takes time. The process of psychotherapy is a collaborative effort between the therapist and patient which involves gradually understanding, accepting, and changing patterns linked to depression. In some cases, it may take many sessions with a counselling professional before long-term relief from depressive symptoms begins. Fortunately, evidence suggests that ACT contributes to greater symptom reduction in comparison to other psychotherapies or medications. Consequently, positive progression can take place over time allowing affected individuals an increased sense of purpose, hopefulness, and well-being.

How Do I Know If ACT Is The Right Treatment For A Student With Depression?

Choosing psychotherapy as a treatment for depression can be tricky to navigate. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of psychotherapy that has become more widespread in recent years, promising positive outcomes for those facing depression. The best way to determine if ACT is the right treatment for a student with depression is to seek the advice of a qualified mental health professional. Having an initial consultation with a psychotherapist or counsellor gives an opportunity to discuss any issues and worries while exploring options in order to come up with the most suitable treatment plan. During this session, it would be worth exploring if ACT could be beneficial for the student’s condition. If so, further psychotherapy sessions can be implemented which will likely result in improved emotional regulation and well-being over time.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an effective tool for students dealing with depression because it helps them learn how to process difficult emotions without avoidance or judgmental thinking. By focusing on activities that bring value into their lives, students can find motivation even during tough times while developing strategies for managing stress more effectively so they can stay focused on schoolwork despite any mental health challenges they may have. With support from a qualified therapist, students can use this powerful tool to regain control over their emotional well-being and better manage their depression symptoms so they can reach their full potential academically and personally.

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Josh Zettel, Certified Counsellor, or one of the other psychotherapists at CARESPACE Health+Wellness in Kitchener and Waterloo. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

Josh Zettel

Josh Zettel

Life can be hard at times. Do you feel like you could use some extra support to manage the moments that life can bring? Josh is available to provide a space that offers trust, psychological safety, and evidence-based strategies to help you manage your mental health. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, burnout, career stress, grief, having difficulties with self-regulation, self-esteem, life transitions, and relationships; Josh is here for you. With a BA Honours in Psychology and Philosophy from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MA in Counselling with a Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology from Adler University in Chicago, Josh brings his strong theoretical background from the fields of counselling and sport psychology to help you understand how the brain and body works, how you can improve self-awareness, and how to develop tools to move forward towards healthier habits both mentally and physically. Josh is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CSPA) and has earned certificates in Narrative Therapy and as a HeartMath® Certified Practitioner. He incorporates narrative strategies into his counselling approach along with HeartMath techniques and biofeedback technology for client’s looking for support with stress, anxiety, and self-regulation.