12 Nov 2018

BY: Online Therapy

Acceptance Commitment Therapy / Acceptance Commitment Training (ACT) / Anxiety / Group Therapy / Online ACT / Online therapist / Online Therapy / Workplace stress / Workshop

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Group Therapy using Acceptance Commitment Training ACT

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.

Cognitive Defusion:

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.

Being Present:

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.

Committed Action: 

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.

If you would like to learn more about Group Therapy using Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT), then feel free to contact me using the form below.

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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

03 Aug 2018

BY: Online Therapy

Positive Change / Self-empowerment / Workshop

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Positive Change Self Empowerment Workshop

Positive Change Self Empowerment Workshop:

This course will be offered again in 2019. I will be at the Auckland Women’s Centre to present a positive change self-empowerment workshop.  I look forward to introducing a 6-week programme and working closely with Auckland ladies.

Who would benefit from the Positive Change Self Empowerment Workshop?

This workshop will benefit ladies who need motivation or would like to change in a positive way.  At some stage in our lives, we may be lacking self-confidence or feel shy/reserved when speaking in groups.  Another issue that could arise is that we may not consider a promotion because we question our experience and/or qualifications. These feelings are not unique! If you want to learn how to change the self-talk that informs the stories you hold about yourself, then this workshop is for you.

What will the Positive Change Self-Empowerment Workshop cover?
  • In brief, the first session will cover our stories.  What do we tell ourselves?  During this session, attendees will work through practical techniques for changing stories and rediscovering support networks.
  • Session two will focus on the heroine inside and setting goals based on strengths.  The discussion will include vision boards and how to reach the inner heroine.
  • During session three, we will discover how thoughts affect physiological reactions.  The group will target beliefs systems and explore how self-talk affects responses.  The focus will be on relaxation, mindfulness and stress reduction techniques.
  • The fourth session will cover techniques to address our inner dialogue by recording, rationalising and replacing stories that are not useful.
  • Session Five will focus on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and turn problems into opportunities.
  • Finally, where to from here? What would be considered our most significant achievements? Would the end goal be based on happiness, meaning or both?

We will use a mix of group discussions, videos, mindfulness and stress reduction techniques.  We look forward to hearing from you.

How do you register for the Positive Change Self-Empowerment Workshop?

If you would like to be on the contact list, please click the enrol button below course information.

Do you need more information?

Please follow the link to the brochure

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