I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as 'ACT' in my Practice.
ACT is a mindfulness based behavioural therapy that utilizes an eclectic mix of metaphor, paradox, and mindfulness skills, along with a wide range of experiential exercises and values-guided behavioural interventions.
I am very excited about ACT as it helped me on a personal level and since using it in my practice, I believe I could help people more effectively in changing certain destructive behaviour patterns.
The goal of ACT: ACT aims to create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it.
When we as human beings are able to hold our fear without shrinking back from our own or another’s pain…when we turn toward another in the face of he or she feeling that life holds no point… when we suffer with, while fully holding other as whole and larger than their pain or trauma, we create space. It is in this space that the seeds of meaning and purpose is born.
ACT has proven effective with a diverse range of clinical conditions.
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