Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT – pronounced act, not A.C.T.) is about taking action, rather than thinking about how you feel. It shows us a new way to handle painful thoughts and feelings – a way that is effective and allows us to live our lives as we want to live them. ACT can be used to treat almost anything – from chronic depression, addictions and anxiety, to dissatisfaction with life, and a disturbed mood.
Carolyn trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT )with Aisling Leonard-Curtin a leading ACT trainer from ACT Now Purposeful Living.. ACT was the first of the ‘third wave’ modern psychotherapies and has the largest body of empirical data to support its effectiveness. ACT is a highly versatile and adaptable approach which can be delivered as a long, medium or short term therapy, with empirical support for as little as four sessions.
ACT is centered on such questions as “What do you really want your life to be about?” or “If you lived in a world where you could have your life be about anything, what would it be?” It emphasises such processes as mindfulness, acceptance, and values in helping clients overcome obstacles in their lives.
The path of least resistance is that of learning to accept and be fully present (mindfulness) with what we don’t want while working toward what we do want.