ACT is short for: Acceptance Commitment Therapy. This is a form of positive psychology. That means that the focus is on your needs and on what is important to you.
In this therapy we examine the thoughts and beliefs you have and what goes through your head. Then you learn to become more detached from these beliefs. You learn how to not get carried away by your own thoughts. Here 'acceptance' plays a major role. Things that go wrong or are unpleasant are part of life. Unfortunately there isn't always a solution. We have to learn to live with it. This can be difficult for us and take some adjustment.
We are not in control of everything that happens in our lives. We can, however, choose how we deal with things we encounter. In the ACT sessions we will examine better ways to deal with difficult situations. For example, by taking distance from difficult thoughts. We do this together through exercises during the session. I will also give you exercises to practice in between the sessions.
Letting go of certain thoughts creates space to focus your attention and energy on the things that are really important to you. In ACT we do this through specific exercises. Many people do things because it is expected of them. Sometimes we do things only because others do them too. Those kinds of things usually don't really make you happy. You might be surprised how much time you spend on things that you don't really think are that important.
Together we explore what is valuable to you. This is the "Commitment" part of ACT. You will focus on the areas of life that are most important to you. Every person is unique and everyone can make his or her own choices. Knowing what is important to you and spending your time on that gives you satisfaction. Living your life the way you really want to. This will increase your energy and your capacity. You will notice that life in other areas will also get better, simply because you are feeling more comfortable. Perceived 'problem' areas suddenly become less important and may bother you less.
With ACT, you are often greatly helped after about 7 sessions, depending on your situation.
There is no waiting list and you do not need a referral.