Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique and creative model for both therapy and coaching, based on the innovative use of mindfulness and values. The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life; to cultivate health, vitality and well-being through mindful values-based living. (Russ Harris)
ACT helps you to get in contact with The Present Moment meaning being psychologically present to whatever is happening right here, right now.
Gives you skills in how to step back or detach from unhelpful thoughts and worries and memories: instead of getting caught up in your thoughts, or pushed around by them, or struggling to get rid of them, you learn how to let them come and go.
Allows you to open up and make room for painful feelings and sensations, dropping the struggle with them, being overwhelmed by them or pulled around by them.
ACT develops the Observing part of the self that is responsible for awareness and attention. This is the part of your mind that is able to be aware of whatever you are thinking or feeling or doing at any moment.
Guides you in identifying your Values. Values are what you want your life to be about, what matters to you deep in your heart and what you want to stand for. Values are about what you want to do with your time on this planet an average of 30,000 days if we are lucky!
ACT means taking ACTion guided by your values – doing what matters – finding what works – even when it is difficult or uncomfortable.
I undertake ongoing training and counselling supervision in ACT. See more about my ACT training on this page Qualifications & Training