The Hollywood Clinic
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a branch of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behaviour change strategies, to increase psychological resilience.

It commonly employs six core principles to help people develop psychological resilience and flexibility:

  • Cognitive diffusion - Learning to perceive thoughts, images, emotions and memories as they are, not what they appear to be
  • Acceptance - Allowing painful thoughts, emotions and sensations to come and go without struggling with them
  • Contact with the present moment - Awareness of the here-and-now, experience with openness, interest and receptiveness
  • Observing the self - Accessing a transcendent sense of self, a continuing of consciousness which is changing
  • Values - Discovering what is most important to one’s true self
  • Committed action - Setting goals according to these values and carrying them out responsibly