ACT | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution. The easiest way to escape from the problem is to solve it.

What is ACT?

Medical conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), addictions, and substance abuse can all benefit from ACT and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

ACT develops psychological flexibility and is a form of behavioral therapy that combines mindfulness skills with the practice of self-acceptance. When aiming to be more accepting of your thoughts and feelings, commitment plays a key role.

In the case of ACT, you commit to facing the problem head-on rather than avoiding your stresses. Imagine committing to actions that help you facilitate your experience and embrace any challenge.

It is also effective as a life-affirming and inspirational perspective of self-determination. (source: How does ACT work, see link below)

This summer I worked through these two ACT Journals and found them exceptionally transformative and helpful.

I started with the very streamlined, « essentials of ACT » version, the white and green one by Dr Nic Hopper et al. (UK) and continued right away with the blue and white, more recent US-version by Dr Hill and Dr Sorensen. The latter gives you a complete overview of what can be called all « ACT processes ». Why not bying a notebook and writing your answers in them, so you can do it again in a year? Reading them alone will not be helpful. There has been a tremendous amount of publications on ACT, but what matters with ACT is what you DO not what you KNOW about ACT. It is about activating in a values oriented direction. Therefore I found these workbooks, with their focus on activation and practicing, tremendously helpful and well thought out. Where to purchase the journals:

Hopper et al « The Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapy Journal« The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Journal is designed to help individuals focus on the things that are most important to them by identifying personal values and putting them centre-stage where they can best guide actions and decisions.

Sorensen, Hill « ACT Daily Journal – Get unstuck and live fully »« When you are faced with life’s challenges, it’s easy to lose track of what’s important, get stuck in your thoughts and emotions, and become bogged down by day-to-day problems. Even if you’ve made a commitment to live according to your core values, the ‘real-world’ has a way of driving a wedge between you and a deeper, more meaningful life. Now there’s a flexible program for learning how to practice a popular, proven-effective therapy protocol on your schedule! With The ACT Daily Journal, you’ll learn all about the six core processes of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)―including mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based living―and even learn about a seventh: self-compassion.  » (source: Amazon)


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