Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT is an approach to psychotherapy – a psychological intervention that is based upon a number of empirical techniques. It uses a blend of mindfulness and acceptance in order to increase the psychological and emotional flexibility of the client. Originally, the concept of acceptance and commitment therapy was known as comprehensive distancing.
The aim of the therapy is not to eliminate the difficult and unwanted feelings; the person is motivated to step forward towards the more important things in their lives. It is not concerned with ‘forgetting’ trauma a person may have been through; ACT aims to focus your attention, intention, and energies on what is more important than that trauma.
ACT is different from the more widely used Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT in that rather than people trying to learn how to control their thoughts, events, memories, sensations and feelings – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy urges them to accept the (often traumatic) facts and move on with life.
ACT aims to establish contact with an intimidate sense of knowledge about ones own personality. ACT talks in terms of Values, and aligning ones actions with identified Values. It encourages the patients to learn more and more about their own personality so that they may be able to develop increased amounts of focus and concentration.
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