Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of behavioural therapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility means contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being, and based on what the situation affords, changing or persisting in behavior in the service of chosen values.
“The goal of ACT is to create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it.”Russ Harris
The goal of ACT is to create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it. Through experiential exercises clients learn how to make healthy contact with thoughts, feelings, memories, and physical sensations that have been feared and avoided, gain the skills to recontextualize and accept these private events, develop greater clarity about personal values, and commit to needed behavior change.