Steven Mahan, a clinical psychologist based in Chelsea, talks about acceptance and commitment therapy, and explains how it’s used to treat low mood and anxiety, and how it differs from CBT. https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy
Acceptance and commitment therapy is a relatively new option for treatment for a variety of different difficulties, such as low mood and anxiety. And the main difference between acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy for example is that acceptance and commitment therapy focuses on what do you really want to achieve in your life, or what is your anxiety or your depression or any other mental health difficulties stopping you from doing. So, starting from the end option of the values and what really matters to you, and then working backwards to try and understand the barriers that are stopping you from reaching that goal. So, often it’s about sitting with uncomfortable emotions and trying to understand what they’re stopping you from achieving, such as getting the job that you really want to do or going out with friends and thinking about ways of developing coping strategies that you can really engage in your life in a meaningful and fulfilled way.