Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Unhooking, mindfulness, and making space for emotions
Have you heard about a model of evidence-based therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, that is recognized by the American Psychological Association!? It's neat stuff and I wanted to share some info on it:
Acceptance Commitment Therapy or ACT is an evidence-based model that pays attention to accepting and making space for feelings and thoughts that may be experienced as out of control. Secondly, ACT helps us commit to actions and behaviours that align with our values. There are six core principals in ACT;
Cognitive Defusion: Learning to perceive thoughts and emotions for what they are (words and images ) rather than truths.
Acceptance: Not struggling against our thoughts but rather allowing them to come and go while still living a meaningful life.
Contact with the present moment: Being mindful, living in and enjoying the here and now.
The observing self: Learning to observe and take notice of how we are behaving in congruence to our values. (Pretty cool stuff!)
Values: Discovering what matters to you.
Committed action: Setting goals that align with your values and making moves in a direction to fulfil life's values.
We can’t always change what we experience, but we can change how we respond to these experiences. The ultimate goal of ACT is to help you live a rich, full and meaningful life while accepting all the emotions that go with it. This increases what is called, psychological flexibility, by helping us to be in the present, open up, and do what matters.
You can contact us to learn more about how ACT may be able to help you today.
Shauna Gallagher- Todd (RSW), Open Skies Therapy