BY: Anna Keyter
Acceptance Commitment Therapy / Happiness / Positive Psychology / Telephone Counselling
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Positive psychology – choose happiness
We all want to find happiness, to smile and feel good about ourselves and our lives. This pursuit of happiness is intrinsic to human nature. Several self-report studies reveal that people rated happiness as more important than having meaning in life and being financially comfortable.
It would be great to experience lots of happy moments all the time. However, the belief in a constant state of happiness is not true. Happiness can be hard work and usually implies accepting a new way of reacting to discomforts. Being happy involves being in the moment, here and now, which entails a state of mind, and not a continuous feeling.
BY: Anna Keyter
Acceptance Commitment Therapy / Acceptance Commitment Training (ACT) / Anxiety / Group Therapy / Workplace stress / Workshop
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Group Therapy using Acceptance Commitment Training ACT:
Good news! Online Therapy will be offering group counselling programmes starting next year (2019) mid-January. To learn more about our previous workshops, please follow this link. We have prepared a course that focuses on Acceptance Commitment Training (ACT) which works well with workplace stress and anxiety. The year kicks off with training programs that can provide you with tools to make a positive change to your work environment and family life.
We love group work because it offers members feedback to help recognise personal problems from different perspectives. Within the therapeutic context, it is comforting to hear that you are not alone and that many people have similar ways of processing thoughts. It is also reassuring to know that group therapy using acceptance and commitment training ACT has a proven track record to address stress and anxiety effectively.
You may ask: Why choose Group Therapy using acceptance and commitment training ACT?
ACT is based on six core processes, acceptance, cognitive defusion, present moment, self-as-context, values and committed actions as discussed below. During group work, you will learn how to work through these processes and create goals based on their values and then taking committed action. Below is a summary of the ACT core processes.
Acceptance and Commitment Training or (ACT) six core processes:
During group work, you will be provided with tools to learn how to accept difficult emotions instead of fighting them.
You will learn to change the way you interact with difficult thoughts by creating distance from emotions that are not useful. In that way, negative thoughts have less power over you.
By learning to be present you are more flexible in your actions and you can start to set goals, based on what is important to you (values). This happens by changing your internal language. Your new behaviour will be based on your describing events in a non-judgemental way. Hence, you become “self-as-process” and learn to defuse from ongoing, unhelpful thoughts and feelings.
Due to relational frames (I vs You, Now vs Then, and Here vs There), language shapes our perspective of the world. Being self-as-context you become aware of how you identify with past and future thoughts. During group therapy, you will learn techniques to help you become aware of your ‘flow of experiences’ and learn how to detach from unhelpful feelings. Even with shortcomings we can accept ourselves and live meaningful lives.
The group will set goals according to their values.
You will be encouraged to take action linked to their values to achieve goals. After each session, you will receive homework to help you action your goals.
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Mostafa Heydari, Saideh Masafi, Mehdi Jafari,Seyed Hassan Saadat, and Shima Shahyad (2018), Effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on Anxiety and Depression of Razi Psychiatric Center Staff