Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Treatment
No matter who you are, you’ll have hard days at some point in your life. Some problems will be minor, such as getting a flat tire on your way to work. Others will be major, like the loss of a loved one. While it’s only natural for people to want to avoid pain and painful situations, there is no way getting around life’s problems.
Have you felt paralyzed when faced with a difficult situation? Did you try to pretend the problem didn’t exist to avoid dealing with it? ACT aims to help you take action when troubles arise.
So, how can acceptance and commitment therapy help you? Maybe you use food as comfort when faced with painful thoughts. It just feels easier to eat instead of telling someone they’ve hurt you. Alternatively, perhaps you rigorously control your eating since you think you have little control over anything else. You don’t express your feelings — instead, you bury them.
With assistance from a skilled therapist, you’ll learn that it’s counterproductive to ignore your problems or suppress your emotions. You’ll become more compassionate to yourself instead of always judging yourself harshly.
You have permission to make mistakes and move on from them. You also control how you react to various situations. These are the benefits of ACT.