ACT is a form of psychotherapy commonly described as a form of cognitive-behavior therapy or clinical behavior analysis (CBA).
It is an empirically-based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies with commitment and behavior-change skills, in order to increase psychological flexibility.
It has been clinically proven to be successful in a wide range of psychological problems, as a therapy in which you actively learn new skills to improve your quality of life.
The aim of ACT is to help people create a full and meaningful life, while effectively handling the pain and stress that life inevitably brings.
This is achieved by:
- Providing individuals with psychological skills to deal effectively with painful thoughts and feelings in such a way that they have much less impact and influence. These are referred to as mindfulness skills.
- Supporting individuals to identify what they value in life and what is important to them, promoting change, commitment and connectedness and leading towards a more meaningful life.