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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and commitment therapy involves understanding the function of your thoughts and actions.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an evidence based therapy which uses a combination of behavioural and mindfulness techniques to help the client work on acceptance of thoughts and feelings as opposed to the more traditional Cognitive Therapy approach of challenging the thoughts and attempting to change them. 

ACT looks at a mindful acceptance of our internal experiences as they are while looking for a new route forward in life through changes in actions. The main area of interest is in understanding the function of thoughts and actions. 

The therapy will help to explore how the current pattern of thoughts and reactions is working for or against the client in their life. Value assessments are used to look at the areas of commitment and importance and these are tested out to help recognise what can and cannot be changed. Mindful examination is used to look at where the client's energy is currently expended and where it may be put to use more productively.

Specialists offering Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

Mr Jayesh Sagar

General Surgeon with a Specialist Interest in Open and Laparoscopic Surgery


BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Dr Ian Nnatu

Consultant Psychiatrist


BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital 1 more BMI Syon Clinic

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Dr Derek Indoe

Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

C.Sci., M.A.Oxon., D.Psych., Dip.Clin.Psych., M.A.(London), M.Sc (CNAA), P.G.C.E, Dip.TESL, C.Psychol (Ed, Couns, For, Clin), BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. European Accredited EMDR Practitioner

BMI Bath Clinic

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Dr Lene Forrester

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

BSc(Hon), DClinPsychol, PhD CPsychol

BMI Albyn Hospital

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Professor Craig White

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

B.Sc. (Hons), ClinPsyD., PG Cert, PhD, MML

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital 1 more BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Dr Catherine Reading

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Bsc(Hons)Psychology 1992 , D.Clin.Psych 1997

BMI The Park Hospital

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