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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  1. What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as “ACT” is a mindfulness-based behavioral therapy that emphasizes acceptance as a way to deal with negative thoughts, feelings, symptoms or circumstances. It also encourages increased commitment to healthy, constructive activities that uphold your values or goals. ACT gets its name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control and commit to action that improves and enriches your life. ACT is based in a contextual theory of language and cognition known as relational frame theory and makes use of a number of therapeutic strategies, many of which are borrowed from other approaches.

How long is the duration of the therapy?


ACT usually is considered as a short term therapy meaning that it is designed to be used over the course of only few sessions with therapist. ACT sessions may typically last between 8 to a16 and are 50-60 minutes in length. The overall duration and intensity of the therapy can vary depending on the needs of the client or the practice of the treatment provider.

  1. How is ACT different from other therapies?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy all share a common foundation of focusing on behavior change. One aspect of ACT that is unique and different from other therapies is the focus on personal values. In ACT, clients are encouraged to identify their personal values and use these as a compass to guide more effective actions and behaviors. The central focus on personal values is not found in other therapies.

  • Getting the most out of ACT
  • In order for therapy to be effective, your therapist must be someone whom you like and trust. Therapy is a serious endeavour, so it is crucial to consider carefully who you choose to work with.
  • Share more than just the facts. By sharing your feelings and thoughts around the topic, you will assist your therapist in getting a full grasp of what you are saying about the subject.
  • Make sure you do your homework in timely manner. If your therapist has given you to practice mindfulness exercises or other techniques at home, it is advisable to do your homework.
  • Do not miss your therapy sessions. A missed session is a loss to everyone. When you don’t have consistency with sessions, it can be much harder to get that comfort you strive for and the effectiveness you want.
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