Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has emerged over the last decade as one of the most widely practiced and researched psychotherapies. From an ACT perspective, psychological distress and suffering are usually caused by experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion, and the resulting difficulties in taking workable action in accordance with one’s core values. It views attempts to control difficult thoughts and feelings as a means of coping to be relatively unhelpful. ACT utilizes acceptance and mindfulness based strategies together with commitment and behavioural change strategies to increase one’s psychological flexibility. There are robust and growing research evidence showing ACT to be an effective treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions, including stress, anxiety disorders, depression, substance addictions, chronic physical pain, and psychosis.