What is Acceptance & Commitment Therapy?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) stems from a mix of traditional behaviour therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). ACT helps clients accept situations that are out of their control and take actions to change situations that are within their control. When it comes to taking actions, ACT places a focus on values-based actions. This includes getting clear about what one values in their life, what matters to them, and what they want to be remembered for. Once clients are clear about their values, they can take the necessary steps to live a life that is aligned with these values.
ACT is rooted in the view that it is counterproductive to try to control or eliminate difficult emotions or psychological experiences. Instead, it employs acceptance, mindfulness and behaviour-change strategies to help the person be more present, clarify what is important to them, and ultimately live a more enriched life. Reach out to Bloor West Therapy today to learn more.
When ACT is Used
ACT has been used to help clients manage the following conditions, situations, and/or symptoms:
- Social anxiety
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Workplace stress
- Test anxiety
- Chronic pain
- Substance abuse
- Self-esteem and body image issues