Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Posted on: 9th July 2018

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) emphasizes:
Accepting your feelings, whether or not they are positive
Choosing the next direction to take
Taking initiative by making the change

What is Acceptance & Commitment Therapy?


Acceptance & Commitment Therapy is a type of psychotherapy concentrated on accepting your feelings and behaviour and making a commitment to moving towards healthier behaviour. The goal of ACT is not to eliminate negative feelings, such as regarding a particular characteristic, but to acknowledge them and make a change. ACT will reveal your avoidant coping mechanisms and encourage you to consciously attempt to face the issue head on instead of using these mechanisms. ACT utilizes a mindfulness approach: defusing negative thoughts in order to attain greater well-being.

What issues might Acceptance & Commitment Therapy be used for?

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Psychosis

What are the benefits of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy?


ACT will allow you to process negative thoughts and minimize their effect on your well-being. It will also assist you in making the changes you want to see in your life, which will then positively impact your self-acceptance and interpersonal relationships.