Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) teaches skills to be present, open up and do what matters.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy is a contextual based cognitive therapy grounded in mindfulness principles.

“Mindfulness is consciously bringing awareness to you’re here-and-now experience with openness, interest and receptiveness.”
Dr Russel Harris, 2006 Psychotherapy in Australia, 12 (4)

Since its introduction to the West in the 70’s, mindfulness has become one of the fastest growing forms of psychological therapy, indicating its popularity and effectiveness.

“Mindfulness is recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and is as effective as drugs for preventing depression. But, more importantly, it also works for the rest of us who aren’t depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world”.
Williams, M & Penman,D (2012)


Acceptance & Commitment Therapy can help people who experience a mental health concern such as, depression or anxiety; people with chronic pain; and those simply wanting to live with better quality of life.

ACT makes no attempt to reduce symptoms but you can expect symptom reduction as a by-product. Some benefits include;

  • Greater relaxation and better coping skills
  • Increased vitality and meaningful experiences
  • Increased self awareness and self acceptance
  • Self mastery & directorship
  • Understanding the mind-body unit
  • Greater compassion and non-judgement
  • Practical, efficient and effective ways to “out smart” the sub-conscious mind, disengage auto-pilot and encode a new way of being in life.
  • The courage to experience the undesirable and to stop trying to force life to be a certain way.
  • A direct experience of ‘heartfelt awareness’
  • Useful tools that can be used when you want or need to use them.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy is offered in Occupational Therapy treatments at Next Wave for chronic pain and mental health concerns as individual consultations or group courses.

Private Health & Medicare rebates may be available.