Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is known as a "third wave" Behaviour Therapy. It has been extensively researched and proven to be effective at addressing a wide variety of psychological issues, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and body image issues. ACT has even been demonstrated to be effective at helping people to manage medical issues like chronic pain.
Unlike CBT, ACT doesn't challenge thoughts or try to eliminate unpleasant feelings head-on. Rather, ACT takes an acceptance-based approach that's founded on the principles of mindfulness. Research has shown that, paradoxically, noticing and accepting difficult thoughts and emotions often addresses them more effectively than trying to struggle against them.
Like CBT, ACT makes extensive use of goal-setting and action plans. The first order of business in ACT is to explore how you want your life to look. The second order of business is to identify the barriers to living that life. And the third order of business is to set goals and systematically address those barriers as you gradually move toward the life you want to live.
John has studied ACT extensively and accumulated years of clinical experience with the healing power of mindfulness. He also has ten years of daily meditation practice that he draws on regularly in his sessions.
Wondering if Acceptance and Commitment Therapy could help you? Contact John at 226-791-5606 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book a free consultation today.