Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT, pronounced as the word ‘ACT’, is a traditionally considered part of the Cognitive Behavioural Model. However, at its core it has acceptance of what it out of your control, and commitment to actions that are in the direction you want to take your life.  So the work we do in ACT is to clarify what it is that is going to help you get a rich, fulfilling life and what it is that is getting in the way of it. This usually comes in the form of thoughts and feelings. In ACT we teach you skill to help you navigate your thoughts and feelings more skilfully so that you can make choices that are in line with the life you want to live. In order to do this we:

  1. We teach you skills, such as delusion, to help you deal with your difficult thoughts and feelings so that they no longer dictate your actions.
  2. Mindfulness skills to help you relate to your thoughts and feelings with more openness
  3. We will also help you discover or clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you. These will then help you make decisions about how you want to navigate your life.

Some useful links:

EMBRACING YOUR DEMONS: AN OVERVIEW OF ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY – BY DR. RUSS HARRIS

A very helpful, non-technical article introducing ACT.

ACT FOR ANXIETY: BRIEF HANDOUT ON ACT FOR ANXIETY

Kindly created by Counselling and Psychological Services University of New South Wales. Written by Louise Shepherd with acknowledgements to Steve Hayes.

ACT FOR DEPRESSION: TAKING CHARGE OF LOW MOOD/DEPRESSION

Again created by Counselling and Psychological Services University of New South Wales. Written by Louise Shepherd with acknowledgements to Rob Zettle and Steve Hayes.

ACT FOR RELATIONSHIPS: IMPROVING YOUR INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS

Counselling and Psychological Services University of New South Wales. Written by Louise Shepherd with acknowledgements to Dr. Russ Harris.

TIMES ARTICLE BY HAYES: INTRODUCING THE CONCEPT OF ‘THIRD WAVE THERAPIES’

Steve Hayes founder of Acceptance Commitment Therapy describes how he came to developing this model.