Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is a psychological treatment approach under the umbrella of CBT and an evidenced-based therapy. The aim of ACT is to help clients build rich and meaningful lives, while effectively handling the pain and discomfort that inevitably comes with it. ACT is based on three core processes: It helps clients clarify their values and use them as a compass to guide them in life and to act effectively; and it emphasizes mindfulness tools to help clients open up and make room for unwanted thoughts, feelings, sensations, and urges, and thus experience these difficult internal experiences without trying to control them or push them away. The ACT approach enables us to focus clients’ attention on what’s important in the present moment, fully engaged in what they are doing. Simply put, the aim of ACT is to help clients open up, be present and do what matters.