What is Acceptance & Commitment Therapy?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gets its name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to value based action that improves and enriches your life. The aim of ACT (which is pronounced 'act') is to maximise human potential with psychological flexibility for a rich, full and meaningful life, despite unhelpful thinking, uncomfortable feelings.
Making room for painful feelings, urges and sensations, and allowing them to come and go without a struggle. Learn resilience to improve the ability to accept unpleasant emotions without attempting to change them.
Distancing from, and letting go of, unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and memories. Learn problem solving skills by recognising unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours that don't work. Break the vicious circle of negative thoughts you struggle with. Stop struggling and start living. You don't have to act on your thoughts.
Separating your thinking mind from your observing self. Develop and learn to adapt a more positive and effective mindset. Seeing things from a different perspective and from a better view point. You are not your thoughts.
Learn how to set goals that are consistent with your values, that can be achieved through committed action. Taking a more positive commitment to personal and professional development, set short term, medium and long term goals, don't let anyone steal your dream.
Learn how to focus on the present moment, ensure your actions are more consistent with the values you hold. Connect with the present moment, engaging fully with all your senses, live in the here-and-now, with an attitude of openness and curiosity, getting in touch with your inner child. With compassion, love, understanding and kindness.
Who do you look up to? What is truly important and meaningful to you? What do you want to be remembered for? What is going to be written on your grave stone? What legacy do you want to leave behind?
We are experienced and qualified Cognitive Behavioural Coaches and ACT Trainers (Acceptance Commitment Therapy), where I have used my experience and background of working within a Community Mental Health Team and as Practice Manager for NHS and Big Lottery funded projects, to form our own private family practice.
As a Mental Health & Wellbeing professionals we work within a strict ethical framework as a member of the www.associationforcoaching.com/ and within the Zoom Community, Skype or Messenger covering not just locally but worldwide. "Helping you, to help yourself, to help others"
"When I first took the decision to contact Ian at Mindworks I thought I'd been doing a pretty good job by myself of trying to get over and understand my problems and related feelings, but I knew that I needed a bit of help with the fine tuning - the final crossing of T's and dotting of I's, as I like to put it. And I feel that's exactly what he's doing for me."
My sessions with them both were completely full of practical ideas and hand-outs I could then take home and keep reading to remind me of what to do, particularly on bad days! But also, to repeat on good days too!!
I've learnt some practical tools on how to commit and accept, I can use now on a daily basis. I can embrace my anxiety & depression as part of me now and live happily alongside it. It's a part of me and who I am! I like me again!!