Acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT, is a branch of cognitive-behaviour therapy and is an empirically based psychological intervention. ACT uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies together with commitment and behavior change strategies to increase “psychological flexibility”. ACT is different from conventional cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) in that instead of trying to teach people how to better manage their thoughts, feelings, sensations, private moments, memories and behaviours, ACT instructs them to notice and acknowledge what is occurring internally and to embrace or accept these private events, especially previously unwanted ones.
ACT supports the individual to act as somewhat of an external observer to themselves, to observe and experience themselves in the moment, while achieving a sense of distance from his or her own thoughts, feelings, sensations, and memories. The aim of ACT is to then help the individual clarify their personal values and use the skills of mindfulness and acceptance to take action on these values, bringing more energy, purpose and meaning into their life in the process, increasing their psychological flexibility and emotional well-being.
Your information is considered and treated as private and confidential. All information gathered is part of the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of your condition. We keep all necessary information on file to document what happens during sessions so that your Psychologist can provide an efficient and ethical psychological service. There are some exceptions to this confidentiality however, around issues such as reported risk to yourself, reported risk to others, child safety issues and legal privilege (i.e., if a file is subpoenaed for any legal issues). Your psychologist will discuss these exceptions with you at the outset of therapy so that you are clear about the limitations to confidentiality. Outside of these few issues however, your confidentiality is always fully maintained.
As Associate Members and/or Members of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), our psychologists abide by our professional body’s Ethical Code and professional standards. We are all fully registered with the Psychologists Registration Board of Queensland. We have all attained a Masters Degree or higher in Clinical Psychology and/or have attained at least 10 years professional clinical experience. We are all committed to and are engaged in ongoing professional development and peer supervision as a means of maintaining our professional standards.