Acceptance & Commitment Therapy


What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ?

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT - pronounced ‘ACT’ rather than A.C.T) is an action-based, talk therapy that stems from traditional behaviour therapies like Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, suppressing and struggling with difficult emotions, thoughts and feelings and instead, are supported to make room for them and to end the struggle. Clients are encouraged to identify their values and use these values to guide them forward.

With this understanding, clients begin to accept their issues and difficulties and commit to making necessary changes in their behaviour, regardless of what is going on in their lives, and how they feel about it. Therapists and clients work to establish psychological flexibility through six core ACT processes:

  • acceptance

  • defusion

  • being present

  • the observer self

  • chosen values

  • committed action.


Or put more simply – open up, watch your thinking, be in the here and now, be aware, know what matters and do what it takes.


What to expect from a session?

Sessions are usually weekly for 1 hour and can be face to face at Queen Street Consulting Rooms (subject to Covid-19 restrictions) or remotely via Zoom. The first consultation is free so you can see if ACT is the right therapy for you and you can proceed one session at a time. Working with the therapist, you will learn to listen to your own self-talk and to look objectively at how you relate to difficult aspects of your life. You will be encouraged to see difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions in a different, more accepting way. You will explore what hasn’t worked for you in the past in order to recognise repeated thought patterns and behaviours that continue to cause you problems. You will identify your values which will enable you to take committed action to move your life forward in a direction that is right for you.

The therapist may make notes during the session and these notes will be updated regularly.


What conditions can ACT help?

ACT is a powerful tool to help build resilience and general well-being and can also be effective with:

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Over-thinking

  • Poor emotional control

  • Discomfort intolerance

  • Repetitive negative thinking

  • Lack of motivation

  • Low mood

  • Emotional issues involved in significant life transitions – adolescence, parenthood, menopause

Practitioner Information

Debbie Battersby


Appointments available: 

Face to face Sessions – subject to Covid-19 restrictions.  

Zoom Sessions – flexible day time and evening sessions available

Specific sessions for adolescents  from September 2020

Sessions: 1 hour

Price: Face to face sessions £40 per hour

Zoom sessions: £35 per hour 

Concessions available, please ask

Contact: 07824508767