Acceptance and commitment Therapy is a new approach to assisting clients to move forward. It’s based in mindfulness and focuses on taking values based action to move forward.
The aim of ACT is to create a rich, full and meaningful life while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it. There are 6 core aspects to ACT.
1. Be here and now – notice the present moment and be in tune with what’s happening outside of your own body.
2. Notice your thinking – accept that these are only thoughts and do not define who you are or what you do.
3. Notice your emotions – open up the the feelings inside yourself. Good, bad and indifferent and accept them without attaching to them or judging them.
4. The observing self – you are not your thoughts, or your emotions and you’re certainly not your actions. There is a part of you that can only observe and notice. When you get in touch with this part you’re able to consciously choose a more positive way to think, feel and live.
5. Know your values – be clear on what’s truly important in life and what’s driving you. How do you want to live your life?
6. Take committed action – move confidently towards the life you want. Taking positive action.
I’m enjoying using ACT with clients, and I’m loving the way it’s based on research and blending the best parts of science with mindfulness. The speed at which clients achieve things is amplified by their understanding of when they are holding on and how they can learn to let go. Acceptance and commitment therapy is a powerful tool to create positive change.