Have you ever wondered why it’s so difficult to be consistently happy? Do you wonder why life has to be so difficult? Have you asked yourself why human suffering exist? If your “why’s” are consuming your mind, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is the behavior therapy for you to begin to take action.
ACT originates from a core message of accepting what is outside of your internal/personal control, and committing to actions that enrich your life. The aim of ACT is to help you create a rich, full, and meaningful life, all WHILE accepting the pain that life inevitably brings.
ACT will demonstrate how the use of psychological skills help to handle painful thoughts and feelings in a way where they have much less influence and impact on your life through mindful-based strategies.
ACT will also help to clarify what truly matters to you, what’s important to you and what is meaningful to you through the acknowledgment of values that inspire, guide and motivate you to set goals and take action towards enrichment.
Six Core Therapeutic Processes of ACT
Contact With The Present Moment
The six core processes of ACT work together and are identified as interconnected, rather than separate. They operate from the idea of psychological flexibility that will directly work with your experience identified as a part of your therapy journey. Psychological flexibility is simply, “being present, opening up, and doing what matters.”
A = Accepting your thoughts and feelings while being present.
C = Choosing a value-oriented direction.
T = Taking action.
ACT is an optimistic model with the assumptions that even in the midst of tremendous pain and suffering there is opportunity to find meaning, purpose and vitality. ACT aims not to merely reduce human suffering, but to help individuals learn and grow while using their pains to create rich and meaningful lives.
More about “Acceptance” and “Commitment”
Acceptance: In plain language, acceptance is allowing your thoughts and feelings to be as they are, regardless of the pain, unpleasant or pleasant labels we have assigned. It’s about making room, opening up, and allowing a natural flow and rhythm to exist while dropping the struggle with them.
Commitment: In plain language, commitment is taking larger and larger steps of effective actions that are guided and motivated by your values. It means being flexible and readily available to adapt to the challenges of life to either persist with or change behaviors that are required all while doing what it takes to live the life you want to live.
Harris, R. (2009). ACT Made Simple: An Easy-To-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.