ACT therapy helps people to move away from needing to control their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. Instead, through ACT we learn to notice what we are doing in situations, be present and accept and embrace what is outside our control, no matter how painful thoughts and feelings might be.
This frees individuals to commit to a different way of being. You can choose a new direction toward a better quality of life and take committed action to that end. ACT therapy therefore helps to confront difficulties, rather than enabling avoidance or trying to remove them, and in so doing, individuals can learn new and more optimal ways to work with their challenges. This can lead to new understandings about what might be most important to a person, and offers meaning and purpose in life.
ACT conceptualises suffering by using the acronym FEAR:
Fusion with your thoughts. Evaluation of experience. Avoidance of your experience. Reason-giving for your behaviour.
And instead offers a more useful alternative:
Accept your reactions and be present, Choose a valued direction, Take action.
At Phinity we offer short- and long-term ACT. Our ACT therapists will help you to be mindful and present with your current experience and to distinguish between how your thoughts, feelings, and memories seem to you, and how they are.
You will learn to Accept these parts of yourself and your experience, using mindfulness to allow thoughts, memories, and feelings to come and go, rather than attempting to control and avoid them. This can free you to identify what is important to you and to Commit to ACT therapy in ways that will move you in a more helpful direction.
Your therapist will facilitate a safe space and use metaphor and experimental exercises to help you to confront inner thoughts, memories, and feelings that you would normally avoid. You will learn to notice, reframe, and accept these so that you can learn what your values are, and understand what is important to you.
You will be encouraged to commit to the path that serves your values, thus impacting your behaviour in a positive way. We recommend weekly sessions, which last 50 minutes.
ACT can effectively treat a range of psychological as well as physical conditions. These include anxiety disorders, and psychological conditions. As well as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain and eating disorders. This is thought to be the case because of ACT’s ability to help individuals to accept and reframe situations.
We offer Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Birmingham. Phinity Therapy also serve other cities and countries through our network of qualified therapists. Online therapy is also available, catering for those who cannot reach our clinic or have busy schedules.
Make a commitment to taking control and living the life you want and deserve. Start by booking your Free Initial Consultation Today and speak to one of our friendly principal therapists about your concerns and desired goals.
*Due to limited time slot availability caused by high demand, we now offer only one Free Initial Consultation for prospective clients, further conversations are charged at our normal rate.
Learning can be a wonderful experience, but it can also involve academic pressure and stress. Healthy stress levels can motivate us to do well, indeed many people do well under a little pressure. However for others, academia can bring about a feeling of overwhelm which can feel unmanageable. This can have consequences for our ability to achieve goals, and for our mental health, leading to anxiety and depression.
Drinking alcohol from time to time is normal but when used in excess (including bingeing), alcohol consumption places all organ systems at risk. Over consumption is especially damaging to the brain, heart, pancreas, liver, and immune system. It can also impact sleep, mental health, and increases risk of cancer. But what exactly is alcoholism?
It’s normal to feel angry sometimes, and it should be said that anger in and of itself is not a ‘negative’ or ‘bad’ emotion, it has its purpose. If however, it’s impacting your life in a negative way then it may be useful to learn about the help available.
Anorexia nervosa, also known as anorexia, is an eating disorder that can result in health problems, and even death. It’s an intense focus on fears of becoming fat. Such that it causes individuals to starve themselves, sometimes exercising excessively and losing weight because they mistakenly believe they are fat.
Illness anxiety disorder, also known as hypochondria, and previously hypochondriasis, or now simply health anxiety is when you experience an irrational and excessive amount of worry about being or becoming ill, so much so that it starts to take over your life.
Stay updated with the latest in mental health through our newsletters. Get valuable tips, hacks, and videos. Explore insightful mental health blogs. Enjoy special offers and be the first to know about new psychotherapy products and services.