Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Depression & Anxiety
Live Well is a new NHS-funded six week educational course. It is based on an exciting new psychological approach called: “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy" (or ACT for short).
Pronounced 'act', rather than 'ay cee tee', it is an approach that is becoming more widely used to help people with anxiety and depression. It aims to give people the psychological skills to cope with difficult thoughts and feelings. Avoidance of negative thoughts and feelings is the cause of many problems, and ACT offers a healthy alternative. It will also help you identify and focus on what is truly important and meaningful in your life. It helps you create your 'best life’ according to those core values.
ACT is based on cutting-edge research into behavioural psychology and is growing in reputation, with an increasing body of evidence for how effective it is. It is also helpful for people who have low self-esteem and low self-confidence.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy gets its name from one of its core messages:
A ccept what is out of your personal control
C ommit to your core values
T ake action that will improve and enrich your life
Using an ACT approach, the course will also teach you skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. These skills will aid you in gaining distance from persistent negative thoughts and emotions.
The feedback from people who have already taken part in our Live Well courses has been excellent. Take a look at the details below or give us a call if you are interested in a Live Well course.
This 'Sway presentation' gives an idea of what the course is all about. Take a look - [HERE
Or have a listen to this radio interview where we explain ACT in greater detail - [HERE
You can also find lots of reccomended resources for ACT on our dedicated web-page used by course participants. It shows relevant books, articles, websites and videos. View this page - [HERE
What people have said:
“I have found this course extremely valuable. It has offered strategies which have really helped me control my anxiety. Focusing on my values has enabled me to see a clearer and more positive way forward. I have personally found this course to be life changing, thank you."
"I found the course very good. I have put a lot of the things into practice and will try to keep it going."
"I feel more able to deal with life events due to this course. I feel more positive and happy as a result and my partner has noticed this difference in me. A huge thank you for your help."