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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and commitment therapy involves understanding the function of your thoughts and actions.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an evidence based therapy which uses a combination of behavioural and mindfulness techniques to help the client work on acceptance of thoughts and feelings as opposed to the more traditional Cognitive Therapy approach of challenging the thoughts and attempting to change them. 

ACT looks at a mindful acceptance of our internal experiences as they are while looking for a new route forward in life through changes in actions. The main area of interest is in understanding the function of thoughts and actions. 

The therapy will help to explore how the current pattern of thoughts and reactions is working for or against the client in their life. Value assessments are used to look at the areas of commitment and importance and these are tested out to help recognise what can and cannot be changed. Mindful examination is used to look at where the client's energy is currently expended and where it may be put to use more productively.

Specialists offering Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

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Dr Derek Indoe

Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

C.Sci., M.A.Oxon., D.Psych., Dip.Clin.Psych., M.A.(London), M.Sc (CNAA), P.G.C.E, Dip.TESL, C.Psychol (Ed, Couns, For, Clin), BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. European Accredited EMDR Practitioner

Bath Clinic

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Dr Christine Marklow

Consultant Psychologist


The Highfield Hospital

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Dr Gilbert Andrews

Consultant Psychiatrist


The Princess Margaret Hospital

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Dr Ian Nnatu

Consultant Psychiatrist


The Clementine Churchill Hospital 1 more Syon Clinic

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Dr Amber Johnston

Clinical Psychologist

PGDip Clinical Neuropsychology, Doctorate Clinical Psychology

Circle Reading Hospital

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Dr Yvonne McNeill

Senior Chartered Clinical Psychologist

MA in Psychology (MA); Masters of Science (MSc) in Psychological Medicine; Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych.)

Ross Hall Hospital 1 more Ross Hall Clinic Braehead

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