Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a version of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which encourages people to accept their thoughts and feelings just for what they are i.e temporary psychological phenomena that come and go and that don’t have to spiral downwards into hopelessness and despair. People struggling with depression, anxiety, pain, stress and other long-term mental health issues often come to therapy after years of doing battle with their thoughts and feelings. ACT encourages people not to avoid or deny these tricky thoughts and feelings, but to adopt a different stance towards them, one that allows them still to live their life to the full and to invest their energy in the people and things that really matter to them. With children, young people and parents, a version of ACT called DNA can be used, which has been specifically designed to suit the developmental context of childhood.
How does ACT work?
Who is ACT suitable for?
What issues or problems are suited to ACT?
ACT and DNA have a growing evidence base that suggests they are effective in working with
- chronic health issues
- the challenges of adolescence