Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
“I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body.
Then I realised who was telling me this”
ACT is considered a “third wave” cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It is an extension of traditional CBT and adds (or puts more emphasis on) our values, what is important to us and the kind of person we want to be.
ACT is a very practical approach which aims to develop skills and strategies to help us get unstuck, and do and enjoy things that are important to us.
The three main pillars of ACT are:
Mindfulness: to help us be in the present moment and create a sense of separation from our thoughts and emotions (mindfulness and cognitive defusion techniques).
Acceptance: which does not mean that we should accept everything that happens to us, but it helps to accept our reactions to our experiences.
Committed Action: to choose our next workable steps, based on our values and what is important to us.
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”