Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) blends mindfulness, de-fusing yourself from your thoughts and emotions, and committing to actions that are consistent with your values. Rather than challenging negative thoughts, like what you might do in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), ACT focuses on acceptance, allowing thoughts to come and go as they please. It may seem counterintuitive, but when you find out more it starts to make a lot of sense.
This mini e-book will guide you through the basics of ACT, and includes some questions to reflect on, ACT life compass worksheets, and ACT strategies that you can implement.
Topics covered include:
- present moment awareness
- acceptance vs. avoidance
- defusion from thoughts
- changing your self-talk
- values and committed actions
Acceptance and commitment therapy offers an interesting perspective, and if some of the concepts in CBT don’t work well for you, ACT is a good alternative to try out.
This mini-ebook is available as a downloadable 38-page PDF.
ACT Fundamentals is also part of the Therapy Mini-Ebook Collection.
The free Embrace Acceptance guided journal is also based on ACT.