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ACT is a behavioural therapy that looks at your values, thoughts, feelings and actions and helps you to make desired changes to help you achieve what you want. The main goal of ACT is to help you live a more valued and meaningful life – a life that truly matters to you!
We all have about 60,000 thoughts a day and only 3-5% are actually helpful thoughts. Around 90% of which are recycled (you’ll think about them again), a third are neutral (e.g. that is a pen) and two thirds are unhelpful or even painful.
Some talking therapies suggest that you should challenge any distressing or unwanted thoughts that you experience by looking for evidence to counter it and provide a more rational response accordingly. However, when you have so many thoughts every day (60,000) it is hardly surprising that people struggle to be able to do this. ACT differs in that instead of challenging distressing thoughts ACT helps you to simply accept thoughts just as thoughts – you do not have to accept or act upon them and let them impact upon you detrimentally.
Lisa studied ACT at Cardiff University in 2017 and 2018. When working with clients who are experiencing anxiety/stress/depression Lisa incorporates ACT into her therapy sessions alongside Hypnotherapy and Healing helping clients to gain a greater understanding of why they feel the way they do.
Sometimes clients just wish to have ACT therapy and Lisa is happy to provide this.