Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented talking therapy that is derived from behavioural therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Patients are encouraged to learn how to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, to accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. Whilst this understanding is progresses, patients begin to accept their hardships and commit to making necessary changes in their behaviour, regardless of what is going on in their lives and how they feel about it.
ACT is offered to treat many mental and physical conditions. These include:
Substance use disorders