Acceptance and Commitment Therapy gets its name from one of its core messages:
Accept what is out of your personal control, and Commit to Take action that improves and enriches your life.
The Goal of ACT
The goal of ACT is to create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it. It is only through mindful action that we can create a meaningful life. Of course, as we attempt to create such a life, we will encounter all sorts of barriers, in the form of unpleasant and unwanted "private experiences" (thoughts, images, feelings, sensations, urges, and memories). ACT teaches mindfulness skills as an effective way to handle these private experiences.
How does it work
ACT is a form of mindfulness based counselling therapy, theorising that greater well-being can be attained by overcoming negative thoughts and feelings. Essentially, ACT counselling looks at your character traits and behaviours to assist you in reducing avoidance coping strategies.
ACT counselling sessions will focuses on 3 areas:
Accept your reactions and feelings
Commit to valued direction
An ancient Eastern saying says: “If you don’t decide where you’re going, you’ll end up wherever you’re heading". Act is about you taking control over where you are heading.
Talking in the Shed offers talking therapy and counselling services in Hythe Folkestone and Dover. Our ACT based talking therapy is proven to help.
Accept, Commit, Take action
Having negative thoughts and feelings means you a normal person.
Stop trying to control how you feel, but take control of what you do.
What holds you back is not fear, but your attitude towards it.
The tighter you hold on to the fear the more stuck you will be with it.
Commitment isn’t about being perfect, or always following through, or never going astray.
Commitment means that when you stumble or get off track, you pick yourself up, and carry on.
The more we try to avoid the basic reality that all human life involves pain, the more we are likely to struggle with that pain when it arises.