Child & Adolescent Therapy
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of the emerging ‘third wave’ therapies which are evidence based therapeutic developments from more traditional CBT. Its main focus is working on the relationship we have to our thoughts and feelings.
The struggle to control thoughts and feelings can often paradoxically cause greater difficulties. We may become stuck in our struggle to control and fix our issues leading to a lack of direction in life. ACT uses a variety of techniques including mindfulness to work on how we relate to our difficulties.
Whilst efforts to control difficulties may seem to be an appropriate response to difficulties ACT helps people learn more useful responses of willingness in pursuit of what really matters in life. It does not focus on symptom control or eradication of difficulties; instead, it focuses on helping people develop more effective ways to live a richer more rewarding life through changing how they respond to and deal with life’s difficulties.