Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

“ACT your age, not your shoe size. Accept your situation. Commit to principled actions.”

The following is an excerpt from Dr Russ Harris’s website, “Act Mindfully”.


What is Acceptance & Commitment Therapy?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gets it name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life.


The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich full and meaningful life. ACT (which is pronounced as the word ‘act’, not as the initials) does this by:

  1. teaching you psychological skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively – in such a way that they have much less impact and influence over you. (These are known as mindfulness skills.)
  2. helping you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you – ie your values – then use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better.