Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an empirically validated treatment – which is to say that there are numerous scientific studies that demonstrate its benefit – that is designed to increase your psychological flexibility using acceptance strategies, mindfulness, and commitment to behavioural change. The goal of ACT is to create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it.
ACT has been demonstrated to be effective in treating many conditions, such as depression, anxiety disorders, chronic health conditions, persistent pain, and addiction.
The idea behind ACT is that our when we identify what we value and we work on behavioural change in line with these values we are taking “valued action”. This is possible even when symptoms (e.g. feeling low, anxiety, or persistent pain) are still there. This is using acceptance of these symptoms and committing nonetheless to the change we want in our lives.