Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of therapy which can be used to treat many different conditions such as depression, anxiety and pain. It is best described as:
Getting to know unpleasant feelings, then learning not to act upon them (Noam, 2010)
ACT gets its name from its two core messages:
- Accept what is out of your personal control – in this context, pain.
- Commit to action that improves and enriches life
ACT utilises three key mechanisms: