Well, although it might be written in capital letters, if you are an ACT practitioner you will pronounce this as ‘act’ – Just to keep things simple… According to Wikipedia ‘Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a form of psychotherapy, as well as a branch of clinical behaviour analysis. It is an empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies along with commitment and behaviour-change strategies to increase psychological flexibility.’ ACT is also considered a “third wave” therapy – therapies that move beyond the more traditional cognitive therapies and add other skills into the mix (e.g. mindfulness, visualisation, personal values etc.) It has also been described as an “existential humanistic cognitive behavioural therapy.
Now what does all that mean?
In very simple terms: Accept what is out of your personal control and commit to action that improves and enriches your life. Imagine a therapy that makes no attempt to reduce symptoms, although symptom reduction is most likely a by-product. The goal of ACT is to create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it. (Russ Harris).
Are you a therapist, counsellor or coach and want to know more and learn ACT?
Sign up today for Counselling Camp with Kirsty – Introduction to ACT. This weekend will take place on Friday the 14th of October until Monday the 17th of October. Find more information here on LinkedIn and here on Facebook. To sign up; contact me and I will email you a booking form with payment options.
*this month’s sign up offer: free 2.5 hour CPD workshop: ‘Therapeutic Journaling’ on Saturday the 18th of June in person in Southampton.