Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in Hertford

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) focuses on helping you create a rich, meaningful life by accepting what you can't change. It also helps you learn how to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings more flexibly so that their impact and influence over you reduces.

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Understanding Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

ACT is a powerful framework designed to enhance psychological flexibility by embracing acceptance and promoting committed action. Unlike conventional approaches which often target“ getting rid of” of difficult thoughts and emotions, ACT acknowledges that pain is a fundamental part of life. By using a range mindfulness techniques, you will gradually develop the skills to observe and embrace your thoughts and emotions without allowing them to dictate your inner narrative.

The Principles of ACT

ACT revolves around six core principles:

1. Cognitive Defusion: Learning to watch your thinking and detach from it

2. Contact with the present moment: Practicing mindfulness to fully engage in the present.

3. Acceptance: Open up and make room for difficult thoughts and emotions

4. Values: Identifying your core values to guide your actions.

5. Committed Action: Taking purposeful steps toward your values, even in the face of discomfort.

6. Self-as-Context: developing your “noticing self” so that you can begin to recognise your thoughts and emotions and take a step back from them.

Applying ACT to Your Life

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an effective approach for a range of difficulties. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, or relationship issues, ACT provides tools to help you respond to the challenges you may be facing now.

ACT in Hertfordshire

If you're ready to break free from the limitations that negative thoughts and emotions place on your life, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy could be the key. Dr Maria Tucknott, Clinical Psychologist is here to support you on this journey. Reach out today to book an appointment.