ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a relatively new form of behavioural therapy. ACT teaches clients to focus on things they can influence directly, such as their own behaviour, rather than trying to gain control over experiences that can not be influenced directly, such as emotions and thoughts. This implies an acceptance-oriented attitude to these emotions and thoughts. The core of ACT is the philosophy that fighting against inevitable issues ultimately stands in the way of a valuable life. Since March 2011 ACT has been officially recognized as an evidence based treatment method in the United States.