treatment approaches - qualia psychology


Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is another common empirically supported treatment method. Clinical trials have demonstrated that it is effective in treating depression, anxiety, stress, and substance abuse.

The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life by teaching you psychological skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively, and by helping you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you. The crucial component of ACT is letting go of the struggle to control unwanted thoughts and feelings, being mindfully aware of the present moment, and committing to a course of action that is consistent with what you value most in your life.

ACT uses a number of different strategies and techniques to enable you to change your relationship with thoughts, allowing you to more easily let go of thinking patterns which cause you distress.