Psychology 

  • Individualised psychology treatment and counselling is offered for children and families virtually or in the comfort of your own home by a psychologist with over 20 years of pediatric experience and specialty in various therapies and diagnoses.

 

Psychotherapy

  • Specialised psychology services that are OAP funded such as psychotherapy.

In-person, in-clinic and/or virtual

0-18+

Eligibility determined by screen

Please contact our family care coordinator to discuss your needs

What is Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)?

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a type of psychotherapy that offers support to individuals who want to live their lives fully aligned with their values. ACT understands that pain, grief, disappointment, illness, and anxiety are unavoidable features of human life, and its goal is to help individuals productively adjust to these challenges by developing a wider range of psychological flexibilities rather than engaging in attempts to eliminate or suppress unfavourable experiences. At ABI, we often use ACT with our students to increase psychological flexibility, address perfectionism, anxiety, and behavioural excesses related to feeling overwhelmed. This is done through the committed pursuit of valued life areas and directions, even when there is a strong desire to escape or avoid painful and troubling experiences, emotions, and thoughts.

ACT strengthens the following six core skills:

  1. flexibly and purposefully remaining in the present moment by being mindful of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and action potentials, including during distressing experiences.
  2. Keeping a balanced and broad perspective on thinking and feeling, such that painful or distressing thoughts and feelings do not automatically trigger maladaptive avoidance behaviours.
  3. Clarifying fundamental hopes, values, and goals such as being there for one’s family, pursuing meaningful activities, and so on , versus being disconnected from the things and people that matter most.
  4. Cultivating a commitment to doing things in line with identified hopes, values, and goals versus failing to take needed behavioural steps in accord with core values.
  5. Willingly accepting the unwanted feelings inevitably elicited by taking difficult actions, particularly those consistent with peoples’ hopes, values, and goals versus making efforts to control or eliminate difficult internal experiences, and,
  6. Diffusion, or stepping back from thoughts that interfere with valued actions and seeing them for what they are (vs seeing thoughts as literal truths).

Why is Acceptance and commitment therapy important?

ACT helps you focus on the present moment and accept your thoughts and feelings without judgment. ACT assists individuals to move forward through difficult thoughts to put their energy into healing instead of dwelling on negative thoughts. At ABI we use it to help our students learn how to regulate and provide them with tools to learn how to do this on their own. ACT uses a variety of fun and engaging activities and exercises as a guide and starting point to help individuals discover the benefits of ACT for a healthier, happier and utterly aware life.

What can Acceptance and commitment therapy look like?

ACT can be delivered in various formats, including 1:1, group workshops, and telehealth.