New Directions Psychology

Wellbeing Workshops

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based, third generation cognitive-behavioural therapy. The ACT model applies to all human beings and is a radically different way of looking at emotional pain. ACT focuses on the idea that uncomfortable inner experiences (thoughts, feelings etc.) are not the source of human suffering. Rather, it is the attempt to control, limit or push away these inner experiences that cause you to suffer. This suffering results in your life constricting and becoming disconnected from what really matters to you.
 
Instead of focusing on eradicating pain, ACT is about accepting what is out of your personal control and creating a willingness to come into contact with painful inner experiences. This enables you to reconnect with what you may value in life and commit to action that improves and enriches your life. ACT achieves this by teaching you to deal compassionately with your painful thoughts and feelings, in such a way that they have much less impact and influence over you. ACT also encourages you to think about what is really important to you in your life, in order to take active steps towards connecting with your goals and values.
 
ACT is a very active therapy during which you will learn effective and practical new skills. The application of these skills and therapeutic concepts will help you to stop struggling with your pain, to step back from unhelpful patterns of thinking, and engage with the present moment in order to connect with your values and to act on them every day.
 
Each session of the ACT your Way to Well-being workshops is designed to run for 1 -2 hours. Activities will be completed during the sessions and participants will also be invited to complete home activities to reinforce skills and concepts learnt in session.
 
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If you are in crisis or have a mental health emergency and require immediate assistance:

Phone the Ambulance Service - 000
Visit your local hospital emergency department
Call or visit your local mental health service
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