Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of behavioural therapy that uses mindfulness techniques. Its aim is to help individuals practise self-acceptance and to embrace their thoughts and feelings, rather than rejecting them or feel guilty or ashamed about them.
ACT can be useful in addressing issues of stress and anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder. ACT can also be very useful helping clients cope where there is chronic pain or substance abuse.
NICE (the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, which tells NHS doctors which treatments to use for diseases and conditions) recommends ACT as part of the treatment approach to chronic pain (see blog link below).
NICE recommends Chronic Primary Pain Treatments: Acupuncture and talking therapies; CBT and ACT