Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a scientifically based model and active treatment. ACT is not just about talking in a therapy session – it also includes practicing various psychological skills that can be used outside of your session to improve the quality of your life.
Through the course of therapy, ACT helps clients to identify the ways in which they currently try to manage, suppress, or control their thoughts and feelings that are often unhelpful. It also helps people to identify and get in touch with what matters most to them.
Through various strategies, you can begin to identify what you truly value in life. Identifying and helping you to get in touch with your deepest desires, such as how you want to interact with the world, yourself, and in your relationships, is a primary goal of ACT.
Principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
ACT is based on six core principles that help you to accept various aspects of your life that you have no personal control over and to commit to taking action to improve the quality of your life and well- being. It does this in two ways:
- by helping you develop strategies to effectively handle painful thoughts and feelings; and
- by making behavioural changes that can direct you towards what you consider to be most meaningful in your life.
ACT has been found to be effective in helping clients who are experiencing various challenges in their life – some of which include depression, anxiety, workplace stress and chronic pain.
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We treat patients from all over Perth at our clinical psychology clinic in Dianella. To make an appointment give us a call or fill out the contact form on our contact page and we’ll call you to confirm.
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