Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

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Taking Action

We all have values, right? Family, health, achievement, kindness, love, learning, adventure… Let me ask you a tougher question though – how much action have you taken related to those v…

We’re All Just Exactly the Same

I was shown this video the other night and it blew me away. Ok actually – I ugly cried. And couldn’t stop thinking about it the next day. It’s a video from psychologist Dr. Richar…

Acceptance, or How Not to Shoot the Second Arrow – Windy Ridge Counselling

Acceptance, or How Not to Shoot the Second Arrow

Acceptance is a key concept in mindfulness. It’s also one of the toughest to truly grasp and practice. We’ve introduced the idea of acceptance in the RAIN acronym of mindfulness for dif…

Give Your Thoughts No Power – Windy Ridge Counselling

Give Your Thoughts No Power

If you’ve been following this blog a while, you’ll know we’ve established that our thoughts are responsible for how we feel on a day-to-day basis and in response to the events tha…

Eight Things I Wish I’d Known in My 20s – Windy Ridge Counselling

Eight Things I Wish I’d Known in My 20s

Dear mid-20s Averil, Things are rough at the moment huh? I’m sorry, that sucks :( Hang in there. From our infinite wisdom a decade later, here are eight very important things I think you shou…

Uncovering Your Values – Windy Ridge Counselling

Uncovering Your Values

Earlier this week I wrote about how to take action and live more in line with your values if you felt blocked in some way. I wanted to write a little more about it because it can be really difficul…

Three Metaphors for Accepting Your Difficult Thoughts – Windy Ridge Counselling

Three Metaphors for Accepting Your Difficult Thoughts

I wrote last month about the idea of "giving your thoughts no power", which comes from the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) technique of defusion. ACT is big on the use of metaphors to explain the techniques and concepts we can use to disengage with difficult thoughts, that if given too much attention and credence…