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Blog posts on ACT that may be of interest to you ...

Are You An Autopilot Zombie Sleepwalking To Your Doom?

Autopilot behaviour happens to us all.  It’s all of those behaviours you do without even thinking.   Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is particularly interested in this behaviour because it often gets in the way of you having a rich, fulfilling life. Sometimes it's like you've morphed into a zombie and you are sleepwalking yourself into Hell. When you wake up it can be too late and leaves you dealing with the aftermath. Shiny Head What things...

Why New Year Resolutions Suck and What To Do Instead

Over this Christmas holiday, I have spent a higher that usual percentage of my week sitting on the sofa and force feeding myself.  It’s tradition. Like a rather rotund hamster, I have shovelled the Quality Street and honey roasted peanuts down my gob in a way that would suggest they could be taken away from my at any time. This is in stark contrast to the ads I see on the TV whilst I’m watching Elf or the...

The Magical Power Of “So What?”

Committed Action In Acceptance and Commitment Therapy I cringe at myself every time I ask a client to “tell me about your childhood. ” As a psychotherapist, it’s a legitimate question, but it’s so bloody stereotyped! It reminds me of one of my favourite tracks as a kid - “Hyperactive” - by Thomas Dolby. Now, I don’t have a Therapy couch and I don’t look as crazy as the shrink in the video. Rarely do...

How Funkadelic Saved My Sanity

Sometimes I get stuck. This information may come as a surprise to you. Even though I'm a therapist and have spent years studying the art of avoiding holes, I still fall into some deep pits when I'm on autopilot. When I got stuck last week, Funkadelic threw down a rope and pulled me out. Here’s what happened. Life Is Hard My life in so many ways is easy. I have a roof over my head,...

The Top 10 Resources For Learning About Acceptance And Commitment Therapy

I deliver training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) at two levels at my therapy centre in Cheadle, Cheshire. If you know very little about ACT and want to know more you can come on my Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy course, which runs several times a year (click here to find out more). Once you have been on that course, or if you already know the basics of ACT, I offer an Intermediate...

Contact With The Present Moment

Ever find yourself thinking about the future?  What about working through all of those stupid, idiotic things you did in the past? Like most people you probably spend an inordinate amount of time engaging with fantasies about what might happen or dissecting the hows, whys and wherefores of your history.  This is normal, this is what humans do. What does this cost you when you do this?  It costs you your life. F**k It Therapy...

Defusion. How To Deal With Difficult Thoughts.

Ever got stuck in thoughts?  Had a thought going round and round in your head that's driven you bonkers? Humans are a rare animal indeed.  We have language.  Language is an amazing tool and has allowed us to dominate the planet. The downside of language though is that we get stuck in it sometimes, a bit like a fisherman getting tangled in his own net. The downside of thoughts It's pretty easy for us humans...

Values Based Living. How to Connect To What’s Important.

The vast majority of people who come and see me in my therapy centre in Cheadle want me to get rid of something for them.  They want me to get rid of their anger, anxiety, sadness, grief, depression, jealousy or other unwanted feeling. This makes complete sense.  Humans don't like pain.  We want to get rid of it. I will invite each one of them, and you reading this blog post, to connect with the...

Acceptance And Commitment Therapy Explained On A Postage Stamp

In my counselling practice in Cheadle, Cheshire I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with many of my clients. Why?  It works! In this post I will introduce you to the main concepts and explain how you can use them to move yourself towards a richer, more fulfilling life. Can you write small? If so you could probably explain ACT on the back of a postage stamp. (I have big scruffy handwriting so don't ask...

Two Books That Can Change Your Brain

Our brains are powerful things. They tell us all sorts of stuff and most of it is not true.   A great example of this is when I drive to my home town of Lincoln from Manchester.  In order to do this I have to drive down the A15. If you've never experienced the A15 it's one of those roads that goes on for miles and; this being Lincolnshire, is often backed up with tractors...

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