ACT Training Sessions – Galashiels, Beginning November 2nd
Running weekly, every Wednesday for 6 sessions until the 7th December,
2pm – 4pm, Galashiels, venue to be confirmed
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The training will involve 6 sessions of exploring the ideas of Acceptance and Commitment work and how you can apply these to your own thinking and in your life. Each session will involve a short Mindfulness guided meditation that is helpful in cognitive defusion. We will begin to look at, rather than from our thoughts. And we will explore our own unique personal values and look at aligning our lives with what we value most.
Acceptance and Commitment work was developed initially as a therapy and more recently, a non-psychotherapy form has developed as Acceptance and Commitment Training. Our expertise at Think Thrive! is in learning as a Peer Group process, the group would be a simple course of experiential learning. ACT is evidenced as effective with anxiety and depression and can also help with changing addictive behaviours. For more information and evidential references, see the following article.
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What is Acceptance and Commitment Training?
By DR. LARRY BERKELHAMMER
The paradox of acceptance
In ACT, it is understood that attempts to change or eliminate thoughts, feelings, emotions, or sensations often paradoxically amplify the very discomfort that we attempt not to experience. The willingness to fully experience thoughts, feelings, emotions and sensations while pursuing valued action (behavior congruent with each individual’s unique personal values) leads to an increased sense of aliveness.
ACT is contextual.
In ACT there is no such thing as a dysfunctional or irrational belief. Rather, it’s all about context and workability. In other words, we can simply ask ourselves whether a certain belief or behaviour is in harmony with the values we hold dear. For example, if someone likes parties but chooses not to go due to a fear of not fitting in, in that context staying home would not be healthy. However, if the reason to stay home is because the individual simply values meeting with friends individually and genuinely has no interest in parties, then in that context, staying home is healthy.
It’s not about mastery of symptoms; it’s about mastery of the experience of those symptoms.
People who suffer from anxiety disorders have desperately tried to eliminate fear and anxiety by getting rid of their symptoms. Instead, ACT asks them to accept and fully experience the anxiety symptoms. This form of acceptance is referred to as an active form of acceptance. It is about acceptance and change at the same time.
Avoid the struggle by accepting fear and anxiety.
ACT is about avoiding the struggle to control unwanted thoughts and feelings by alternatively focusing on how to relate to them. It is the difference between living in a state of fear, and viewing the fear objectively. When we can objectively observe our experience rather than be fused (identified) with it, we are empowered to act in ways congruent with our most deeply held personal life values and convictions. From this new defused (dis-identified) experience, we can live authentic lives rather than be desperately trying to get rid of or suppress the truth of what we are experiencing.
Rejection of thoughts and feelings leads to self-rejection.
One of the dangers of suppression of unwanted thoughts and feelings is that the struggle to suppress them paradoxically reinforces the very uncomfortable thoughts and feelings we don’t want to experience. It’s unnecessary to actually embrace painful thoughts and feelings; we simply need to be willing to be fully present and accepting of them.
What we resist persists.
The more we resist and think about what we do not want, the more we experience it. The path of least resistance is that of learning to accept and be fully present with what we don’t want while working toward what we do want.