Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as ‘ACT’™ (pronounced as the word ‘act’™) is a mindfulness based behavioural therapy that challenges the ground rules of most Western psychology. It utilizes an mixture of metaphor, paradox, and mindfulness skills, along with a wide range of experiential exercises and values-guided behavioural interventions. ACT has proven effective with a diverse range of clinical conditions; depression, OCD, workplace stress, chronic pain, the stress of terminal cancer, anxiety, PTSD, anorexia, addictions and even schizophrenia. A studies have shown that even with only four hours of ACT, hospital re-admission rates for schizophrenic patients dropped by 50% over the next six months.
The goal of ACT is to create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it. ‘ACT’™ is a good abbreviation, because this therapy is about taking effective action guided by our deepest values and in which we are fully present and engaged. It is only through mindful action that we can create a meaningful life. ACT teaches mindfulness skills as an effective way to handle these private experiences. Mindfulness is consciously bringing awareness to your here-and-now experience with openness, interest and receptiveness.