The aim of ACT is to help people create rich, full and meaningful lives, while effectively handling the pain and stress that life inevitably brings. It increases psychological flexibility by:
- Teaching psychological skills to deal with painful thoughts and feelings effectively so that they have less impact and influence (i.e. mindfulness skills).
- Clarifying what is truly important and meaningful to people (i.e. values). Then uses that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate change for the better.
A key part of this therapy involves you learning mindfulness and relationship skills in session. We can use our therapeutic relationship as training ground for your life situations. To make the most out of consultations with me, you will need to practice these Mindfulness and relationship skills between sessions. More about ACT here.