What is ACT?
ACT stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - which is really about learning to accept what is out of your control and comitting to take action in your life in a way which enriches your life, enhancing your wellbeing.
ACT also means accept, choose and take action. Therapy involves us working together to help you understand how you can live a life which is more meaningful and do things in life which are important to you. You'll learn how this links with anxiety, stress and mood. ACT is a therapy that has scientific evidence for its effectiveness in a wide range of psychological problems, particularly anxiety.
(Adapted from: Hancock,K., et al 2017 'Pro-Active for kids: Treatment Program for children and Young People with Anxiety: Parent Manual')
Learning mindfulness skills are a core part of ACT, helping us gain insight into how our thoughts can be helpful and also how they can also make life difficult. The therapy does not require learning formal sitting meditation - although this is certainly helpful and can be a part of therapy if you should choose to learn.
What is MiCBT?
Mindfulness intergrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy "offers a practical set of evidence-based techniques derived from mindfulness training together with principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to address a broad range of psychological disorders and general stress conditions."
Learning to meditate is a core component of this therapy and I will help you establish a regular and effective practice in our sessions together. Combining mindfulness meditation with practical thinking and behavioural strategies is a powerful way to make changes in your life. A course of therapy is generally 8 - 12 sessions.