What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)?

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What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral therapy. It encourages individuals to accept their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting against them, promoting psychological flexibility. ACT helps clients identify their values and commit to behaviour changes in alignment with these values. It emphasizes mindfulness, acceptance, and commitment to making meaningful life changes, even in the face of challenging emotions and experiences.

ACT is used to treat a wide range of psychological issues, including anxiety disorders, depression, chronic pain, substance abuse, and stress-related conditions. It helps individuals accept challenging thoughts and feelings while encouraging them to commit to values-based actions. ACT is particularly effective for promoting resilience and coping skills.

ACT combines mindfulness, acceptance, and behavioral strategies. Therapists use mindful awareness exercises and experiential techniques to help clients accept their thoughts and feelings without judgment. The therapy is active and engaging, often involving exercises and homework assignments. Clients work on clarifying their values and setting meaningful, achievable goals, with therapists providing support and guidance throughout the process.

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