Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Ken has received accreditation in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), attending workshops and training presented by Russ Harris, one of the world’s most renowned Acceptance Commitment Therapy practitioners. Acceptance Commitment Therapy is a form of clinical behaviour analysis used in psychotherapy. Acceptance Commitment Therapy uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, and does not have happiness as a primary objective, but rather allows one to be present with what life brings us and move toward valued behaviour.  It has been described as getting to know unpleasant feelings, then learning not to act upon them and to not avoid situations where they are present.

The value of Acceptance Commitment Therapy is that it helps one to better understand themselves, and help clarify their personal values.  The key is that one gets to just notice, accept and embrace their unwanted private events.   The aim of Acceptance Commitment Therapy is to create a rich, full, meaningful life while accepting the pain that invariably goes with it.

The six core processes in Acceptance Commitment Therapy are contacting the preset moment, defusion, acceptance, self as context, values and committed action.  This psychological flexibility is best highlighted in the following diagram: