ACT Therapy Calgary

ACT is based on the concept that psychological suffering arises from our attempts to avoid or control unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and experiences and offers a unique approach to helping individuals develop psychological flexibility and lead a more meaningful life.If you are seeking a therapeutic approach that will help you overcome perpetual avoidance behaviours and live life more in accordance with your beliefs and values, ACT may be a productive fit.

What Is ACT Therapy?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a psychological intervention developed in the late 1980s by Steven Hayes. It is grounded in the belief that while the natural human tendency to avoid pain and seek pleasure may be helpful in some situations, it can also lead to inflexibility as well as psychological and emotional suffering when we are faced with the inevitable challenges and discomforts of life.
The core processes of ACT can be summarized using the acronym ACT:

Accept Your Inner Experiences
Make room for your unwanted thoughts and difficult emotions or sensations. Instead of trying to control or eliminate them, learn to acknowledge their presence and coexist with them.
Choose Your Values
Clarify your values and use them as a guide for decision-making and behaviour.
Take Committed Action
Engage in purposeful behaviours even in the presence of past or anticipated anxiety or other emotional challenges. Use specific techniques to achieve goals and create a rich and fulfilling life.

Techniques and approaches used in ACT may include mindfulness, cognitive defusion, acceptance, and committed action.

Benefits of ACT Therapy

ACT can help clients foster psychological flexibility, clarify their values, and lead a more meaningful life. It may be particularly helpful for individuals who frequently struggle with a reactive stance to their unwanted thoughts and feelings or are seeking to find deeper meaning in life but feel held back by their own psychological patterns.

Conditions Treated

ACT is supported by the American Psychological Association for the treatment of:

  • Depression
  • Mixed anxiety disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Chronic pain
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

It may also be effective in treating many other mental health conditions.

Our Approach

At One Life, we believe that ACT can be an effective approach in helping clients grow and develop as individuals and meet their desired goals. For more information about ACT or to make an appointment at One Life Counselling & Coaching, contact our team directly.

Contact One Life Today

Ready to make a change in your life? At One Life Counselling & Coaching, we make therapy and counselling services approachable. We offer ACT to help you learn skills that empower you to cope with tough situations and change your behaviours.

Change starts with you. Change starts today. If you’re ready to challenge negative thinking and behaviours, we can help. 

At our office, we’re open 7 days a week, including weekends and evenings. With no waitlists, we’re ready to get started when you are. To book your first ACT appointment, contact One Life Counselling & Coaching today!
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