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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

“Psychological flexibility is the ability to contact the present moment more fully as a conscious human being, and to change or persist in behavior when doing so serves valued ends.

Steven C. Hayes

 

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)?

ACT is a psychological intervention that has been shown to be effective in treating a range of mental health disorders.

The main aim of ACT is to help people to accept the things that are out of their control, and to commit to taking action that is in line with their values. This may sound like a simple task, but it can be surprisingly difficult for many people.

A key part of ACT is helping people to become more aware of their thoughts and feelings, without getting caught up in them. This allows people to see their thoughts as just thoughts, rather than facts. It also helps them to develop a more flexible relationship with their emotions, so that they are less likely to be controlled by them. 

By learning to accept the things that are out of their control, and to focus on taking actions that are in line with their values, people who undergo ACT can expect to see improvements in their mental health.

ACT is built on six core principles:

  1. Cognitive Defusion: Learning to perceive thoughts and feelings as mere experiences rather than literal truths.
  2. Acceptance: Allowing unpleasant feelings to surface without trying to avoid or alter them.
  3. Contact with the Present Moment: Staying mindful and connected to the current experience.
  4. Observing the Self: Developing a transcendent sense of self, an aspect of self-awareness that is constant and unchanging.
  5. Values: Identifying what truly matters to the individual.
  6. Committed Action: Setting goals according to values and taking actionable steps towards them.

 

The Benefits of ACT

ACT has shown to be effective for a wide range of psychological conditions including anxiety, depression, stress, and even chronic pain. Here are some of the key benefits:

  • Improved Psychological Flexibility: ACT helps individuals adapt to challenging situations by fostering psychological flexibility, the ability to stay present and act according to values despite difficult thoughts or emotions.
  • Enhanced Mindfulness: Regular practice of mindfulness exercises within ACT promotes greater awareness and acceptance of the present moment.
  • Better Emotional Regulation: By accepting rather than avoiding negative emotions, individuals can experience reduced emotional distress.
  • Increased Life Satisfaction: Committing to actions aligned with personal values leads to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre's Approach

ACT is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that has shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain.

To request a 15-minute complimentary consultation with one of our therapists, please email info@lotustherapy.ca. You can book your first session here:

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We take great care in selecting the therapists we hire and only bring on those who embody our values of compassion, curiosity, and openness. We believe that these qualities are essential to creating an environment where our clients can feel safe and supported as they navigate their mental health journey.

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Why Choose Lotus Therapy?

Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre provides compassionate, trauma-informed care through holistic, evidence-based practices in an inclusive environment, offering flexible scheduling and low-cost options to ensure accessible, quality mental health support.

Compassionate Care in a Safe Space

At Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre, our highly skilled clinicians provide a safe, inclusive space where compassion and connection foster profound healing and personal growth.

Holistic, Trauma-Informed Approach

We utilize a holistic, trauma-informed approach, integrating mind, body, and nervous system techniques to address core issues and unlock your potential.

Flexible and Accessible Quality Service

Committed to accessible care, we offer flexible appointments, including evenings and weekends, and low-cost options without compromising our evidence-based, quality service.

Downtown Vancouver

938 Howe Street, Suite 703, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N9.

Coquitlam

3030 Lincoln Ave #211, Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4

References: Harris, R. (2007). The happiness trap: stop struggling, start living. Wollombi, Australia: Exisle Publishing.

Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D., & Wilson, K. G. (1999). Acceptance and commitment therapy: an experiential approach to behavior change. New York: The Guildford Press.

“Psychological flexibility is the ability to feel and think with openness, to attend voluntarily to your experience of the present moment, and to move your life in directions that are important to you, building habits that allow you to live life in accordance with your values and aspirations. It’s about learning not to turn away from what is painful, instead turning toward your suffering in order to live a life full of meaning and purpose.”

― Steven C