How Does Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Work?: While it shares roots with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and is is a form of psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a more collaborative type of practical talking therapy in which your therapist will help you to learn psychological flexibility. ACT therapy involves committing to change which recognises and accepts your internal reality.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy supports the idea that psychological pain is a reasonable response to some situations, and that humans cannot reason their way out of their feelings. It teaches individuals to embrace their negative thoughts and feelings instead of trying to avoid or eliminate them and accept and integrate unwanted emotional experiences, leaving space for taking action which supports personal growth and forward movement.
How to use acceptance and commitment therapy: Your therapist might use mindfulness therapy techniques (both in and outside of sessions), combining mindfulness skills with the practice of self-acceptance, to help you understand and accept your true feelings in the present.
You will also investigate your past feelings and behaviour, with a view to developing a compassionate relationship with previous experiences and engage with and overcome painful thoughts and feelings and develop self-compassion and flexibility.