What do you do if—no matter how hard you try—your worries, self-doubts, shame, panic, or depression just won’t go away?
That’s exactly what Dr. Steven Hayes, the developer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), wanted to know when he experienced his own debilitating case of panic disorder.
In searching for answers, Hayes developed an approach to therapy that’s not only effective for a variety of mental health conditions, but can also help anyone lead a life of greater meaning and purpose.
What makes ACT different from other approaches?
Here are a few of the important insights of ACT:
- Despite its remarkable capabilities, the human mind has a natural tendency to search for threats and danger in any situation. In other words, the types of thoughts that produce anxiety are normal for human beings.
- Trying to control or push down feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression, can result in even greater distress.
- To live a life of meaning and purpose, we can’t wait until our difficult thoughts and feelings are perfectly controlled.
How will ACT benefit you?
ACT can help you to:
- Get a bit of distance from your most painful thoughts so that you don’t immediately buy into the “reality” they create
- Be more focused and present in the moment, both personally and professionally
- Be clear about the values that you want to shape your life
- Take action that is consistent with your values in order to create a meaningful life
If you are interested in learning more about ACT, I would love to help! Please set up a free phone consultation or send me a secure message.