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Embracing Change with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Embrace change

Change is an inevitable part of life's journey, yet it's often met with resistance and reluctance. At Redlands Counselling Service, we recognize the power of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in helping clients navigate through these challenges. Through ACT, we guide individuals to embrace change with openness, acceptance, and a commitment to living a meaningful life. Here's how we apply ACT principles to work with resistance to change:

1. Acceptance: In ACT, acceptance involves acknowledging and making room for uncomfortable thoughts, emotions, and experiences without judgment or attempts to control them. We encourage clients to accept their resistance to change as a natural response to uncertainty and fear. By embracing acceptance, individuals can free themselves from the struggle against their own thoughts and feelings, allowing them to move forward with greater clarity and purpose.

2. Defusion: Defusion techniques in ACT help clients disentangle themselves from unhelpful thoughts and beliefs that fuel resistance to change. We assist clients in observing their thoughts as passing events rather than absolute truths. Through playful metaphors, mindfulness exercises, and cognitive defusion techniques, individuals learn to create distance from their thoughts, reducing their impact on decision-making and behavior.

3. Values Clarification: Central to ACT is the identification of core values that guide individuals' actions and choices in life. We work with clients to clarify their values, exploring what truly matters to them on a deep level. By connecting with their values, individuals gain clarity and motivation to pursue meaningful change, even in the face of resistance. Values serve as a compass, guiding clients towards actions aligned with their deepest desires and aspirations.

4. Commitment to Action: ACT emphasizes the importance of taking committed action towards valued goals, even in the presence of discomfort or fear. We help clients identify small, manageable steps they can take towards change, guided by their values and intentions. Through experiential exercises and behavioral experiments, individuals learn to cultivate willingness and courage to step outside their comfort zone and embrace new possibilities.

5. Present Moment Awareness:

Mindfulness is a cornerstone of ACT, encouraging individuals to cultivate present moment awareness and engage fully in their experiences. We guide clients in developing mindfulness skills to observe their thoughts, emotions, and sensations with curiosity and compassion. By staying present and grounded in the here and now, individuals can navigate through resistance with greater resilience and clarity.

6. Self-Compassion: Compassion towards oneself is essential in overcoming resistance to change. We encourage clients to practice self-compassion, offering kindness and understanding towards their own struggles and setbacks. Through self-compassion practices, individuals learn to embrace their imperfections and vulnerabilities, fostering resilience and a sense of inner strength.

At Redlands Counselling Service, we are dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey towards acceptance, change, and personal growth. Through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, we empower clients to embrace change with openness, courage, and a deep commitment to living a life aligned with their values and aspirations. If you're facing resistance to change, we're here to help you navigate through it with compassion, acceptance, and a focus on what truly matters to you. Contact Redlands Counselling service for a 1 hour counselling session with Matt at or call 1300 241 667

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