The name “acceptance and commitment therapy” reflects a key message: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves your life. It’s a very active form of therapy/coaching. It’s not just talking about your problems and feelings.
Our aim here is to work together as a team, to help you be the sort of person you want to be and build the sort of life you want to live. Part of this approach involves learning skills to handle difficult thoughts and feelings more effectively, so they have less impact and influence over you. When we introduce these skills, I’ll ask you to practice them between sessions. You don’t have to do that, of course; but it’s like learning to play a guitar or drive a car: the more practice you do, the better you get.
ACT also involves clarifying your values: finding out what matters to you, what you want to stand for in life, what strengths and qualities you want to develop, how you want to treat yourself and others.
I want you to leave here after each session with an action plan: something practical to take away and use to actively improve your life.
I studied with the best trainers in Russia and the world: Daria Suchilina, Russ Harris, Kirk Strosahl & Patricia Robinson (pioneers of the therapy)