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Acceptance and commitment therapy Talking Therapies

Acceptance and commitment therapy

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What is acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)?

  • ACT is based on the idea that trying to rid ourselves of pain and distress only increases it, and turns it into something traumatic. The alternative is to accept it. ACT enables you to make room for painful feelings, thoughts, and sensations, allowing them to be there, coming and going without you struggling against them.
  • ACT will help you accept your pain and commit to activities that are in line with what you value in order to live a meaningful life.
  • ACT incorporates mindfulness in its therapy.
  • It aims to support people with mild to moderate common mental health difficulties, such as low mood, anxiety and stress. View common issues here.
  • Your sessions may be weekly or fortnightly and you will have an opportunity to agree the number of sessions in your treatment plan with your therapist.
  • ACT is delivered in person at your GP surgery or other local venues close to you with sessions lasting up to 50 minutes.

How do I access it? 

You will first need an assessment with one of our therapists. You will have an opportunity to talk about your difficulties and what your goals are.

During your assessment you will be able to discuss treatment options with your therapist, where you may both decide that ACT is best suited to your needs. You will then be given an appointment for ACT as soon as one becomes available.

Who supports me?

An ACT therapist will deliver the therapy and can support you to enable you to make positive changes.

What are the benefits?

  • ACT enables you to look at your thoughts and evaluate your experiences. It encourages you not to avoid your experiences but to accept them.
  • ACT encourages you to accept your reactions to experiences, it enables you to find a valued direction that you feel you can commit to and take action.
  • ACT is a recommended intervention by the NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).

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