Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an action orientated approach to psychotherapy, that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies together with commitment and behaviour strategies to increase psychological flexibility. ACT is particularly effective in helping people live in the present moment in a conscious way, which has many psychological benefits.
The core message of ACT is to accept what is out of your personal control while committing to improve choices and decisions to uphold these values and goals. The aim of ACT is to help people live a meaningful life while handling the pain and stress that is an inevitable part of life. ACT teaches you psychological skills to deal with painful thoughts and feelings effectively and helps you understand what is truly important and meaningful to you. ACT combines mindfulness skills with the practice of self-acceptance, these skills are central to ACT to facilitate the development of your physical experiences and your thinking processes.