Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a therapeutic approach rooted in the principles of mindfulness and acceptance. It aims to help individuals develop psychological flexibility by accepting their thoughts and feelings while committing to actions aligned with their values. Read on to find out more!
While traditional therapy will diagnose a condition such as anxiety as a mental illness (ie, Generalized Anxiety Disorder), define it as a problem in functioning, and build a treatment around getting rid of it, ACT takes a less pathologizing approach. It emphasizes that patients should accept the fact that they have anxiety and work with it, rather than resisting it.
Through embracing and observing our mental struggles, we develop self-compassion and are empowered to overcome them. This is in opposition to the traditional concept of defining ourselves as having disorders that make us “sicker” than others and that need to be cured.
ACT focuses on enhancing psychological flexibility, which involves being open, adaptable, and present in the moment. It emphasizes accepting thoughts and emotions without judgment and committing to actions that align with one’s values. It involves six core processes that are defined here:
Remember, practicing ACT is an ongoing process that requires patience and self-compassion. Seek support from a mental health professional, as they can provide guidance and additional tools for incorporating ACT into your life. Feel free to reach out to your Radish Care Team anytime to get help connecting with a therapist!
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