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alkeith 08-14-2013 02:27 PM

How long does this therapy session usually takes and for how many weeks/months before I can see any changes?

Ramondo 09-11-2013 10:01 AM

Hi, I've just completed a 10-week course of ACT Therapy. I always felt depressed and have SA, so I waited until I had an issue. I have to move house into the centre of the city so that I can become more sociable - all the groups and clubs and support centres are far too far from where I live now. So I used that specific goal as a therapic goal. Happily, I can tell you that I now own a house in the inner suburbs. :)

I had been thinking of moving for 5 years, but with this ACT therapy, I was able to reassess my goals and actions, prioritise my thinking, and get things done. Naturally, just buying the house might not seem like much of a result; but consider that before therapy, I didn't even have a functional mobile (cell)phone; I would never answer the phone anyway; I would avoid people like Real Estate Agents like the plague, I would have panic attacks at the the thought of making such a huge financial decision.

But having learnt the basics of ACT, I slowly worked through all the necessary physical activities (sub-goals) that were necessary, and now my major goal has been completed.

Naturally, the benefits I've derived have been more than just having bought the house. My attitude to answering the phone has changed, I am more confident in dealing with agents, tradies, conveyancers, solicitors, etc. (Part of ACT is recognising that you if you have symptom (social anxiety ++, for example), you cannot buy a house without commitment to you goal. (In this way, it's a bit like "Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway", but there's more theory in it.

Testsubject 12-23-2013 07:57 AM

Are some of you still having great results with ACT? I'm currently doing CBT but not seeing the desired results. I'm thinking about bringing up ACT or other mindfulness therapy in my next session.

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SomedaysAreGreat 08-11-2014 11:14 AM

Trying book again
 
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Originally Posted by Testsubject (Post 1069081802)
Are some of you still having great results with ACT? I'm currently doing CBT but not seeing the desired results. I'm thinking about bringing up ACT or other mindfulness therapy in my next session.

I'm working through the book "Get Out of Your Mind..." For whatever reason, I stopped working on it 6 months ago, but have started going through the book again. It's tough going, but I think it will be worth it if I can persevere. Nicely written. Lots of engaging exercises.

MaePa 07-07-2015 09:55 PM

I didn't know this was a thing. I read quite a bit about CBT Google-fuing SA, and while I'm not in a place to say anything because I'm not yet seeing a professional about my issues, I feel like I'd come up with an endless loop of negative thoughts to negate the positive ones I'm supposed to use to negate my previous negative thoughts. For instance, if I go to a party, I might freak out internally and think, "Look at all these people having fun, while I'm standing here all awkward. They're probably looking at me like some weirdo." So what I think I'm supposed to do is think something like, "Oh, most of these people are just minding their own business. They probably aren't even paying attention to me, so I shouldn't worry." But then I'll follow that up with, "Well, that's sad if no one's paying attention to me, even a little bit. It means no one cares about me," and so forth.

But ACT sounds like something more feasible, especially since at this point I'm pretty much resigned to the fact I have issues. So in a way, that's halfway accepting SA for what it is. Of course, the moving on part sounds a whole lot harder, but overall ACT still sounds more sensible to me than CBT. I'm surprised it's taken me this long to learn of it. How prevalent among the counselling field is this method? Like, could I go to any counselor and they'd know what it is, or would I have to search around a lot more?

susieq984 07-21-2015 08:24 PM

I LOVE ACT THERAPY!! I am on the verge of being cured everyone i promise and there is definitely a cure!!! I highly highly recomment watching Mark Freeman's videos on youtube along with reading the Happiness trap and watching videos from the author Russ Hariss. You don't even need a therapist i've been doing this on my own and seeing EXCELLENT results. I promise everyone!

SomedaysAreGreat 07-31-2015 07:13 PM

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Originally Posted by susieq984 (Post 1081210690)
...I highly highly recomment watching Mark Freeman's videos on youtube along with reading the Happiness trap and watching videos from the author Russ Hariss....

Thanks for this info. I will check them out.

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Steve07 08-24-2015 03:15 PM

Hi Rocky

Thanks for these useful words about ACT. My path has been pretty much this one. You speak about worry and fear, I learned something very useful, the letting go. it can be done naturally if you are familiar with it, sometimes a beautiful music helps. The acceptance helps to fade the fear and the worry and it's also good to add the notion of the law of attraction, knowing that when you expect beauty behind the ugly, you bring out another energy to the universe and what you vibrate comes back to you, usually there's really beauty behind the ugly, waiting to show. The patience, the letting go, the expectation of beauty brings a shift a positive one.

Ilaw1 09-06-2015 03:07 PM

I just started reading it the introduction. From what I've read, it sounds like you're being asked to give up on solving your problems but try to find a way to be happy with them? Does this sound right?

Sdistant 09-21-2015 12:31 PM

#yes the first step to overcoming anxiety is accepting that you have it.

SAgirl 09-24-2015 06:28 PM

I am committed to having social anxiety and accept that I will have it the rest of my life.

Ilaw1 09-24-2015 06:46 PM

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Originally Posted by SAgirl (Post 1082332905)
I am committed to having social anxiety and accept that I will have it the rest of my life.

OK, I get that much but where do you go from there? What if my life's situation requires that I come out of my shell to get something that I need? What if I really want to do something but can't because I'm too afraid of making a fool out of myself or what others will think when they see how nervous I am?

OpenShutCase 10-21-2015 11:06 AM

ACT Therapy has been brilliant for me.

Its funny I even stumbled across the therapy method, because I actually approached my therapist with the intention of trying CBT. However, she recommended ACT, (I'd done CBT on my own before, but it didn't work).

I think ACT works best for me, because it pulls my out of the rumination cycles I was constantly getting myself stuck in.

I still have anxiety, doubts and even moments of depression. However, they are brief and they are managable.

Not because I am 'cured' of all anxiety. Rather, ACT has helped me to develop a different approach to thinking about the things that ignite my anxirty, doubts and depression.

And now they no longer feel crippling (although it is still very much a work in progress right now).

SplendidBob 10-21-2015 12:36 PM

Surprisingly I have been offered this along with CBT, but since CBT hasn't really worked for me they want to try this. Its via secondary care NHS, and will be 20-30 sessions (perhaps longer). You literally have to bang on doors repeatedly for years to get access to this length treatment here, so will give it my best shot.

I suspect ACT will be a much better fit for me, as I have kinda been moving in this direction on my own.

I will ofc report back here as to how I find it :)

Noca 10-21-2015 07:43 PM

I have been looking for a therapist to work 1on1 with me to do ACT here, but finding one is proving very difficult. They just built a $550 million dollar state of the art mental health hospital in my city, and yet apparently not a single person in the entire hospital has even heard of ACT let alone practices it, so much for state of the art. I mean I bought an ACT workbook, I don't need a guru, just someone who will work through the book with me geez.




sabbath9 10-22-2015 03:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Noca (Post 1082793193)
I have been looking for a therapist to work 1on1 with me to do ACT here, but finding one is proving very difficult. They just built a $550 million dollar state of the art mental health hospital in my city, and yet apparently not a single person in the entire hospital has even heard of ACT let alone practices it, so much for state of the art. I mean I bought an ACT workbook, I don't need a guru, just someone who will work through the book with me geez.

Maybe you can find a CBT person who is interested in ACT. Both of you can learn as you go. ACT has helped me a lot. Eventually it will replace CBT, just gotta wait for people to get educated.

Noca 10-22-2015 11:05 PM

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Originally Posted by sabbath9 (Post 1082807081)
Maybe you can find a CBT person who is interested in ACT. Both of you can learn as you go. ACT has helped me a lot. Eventually it will replace CBT, just gotta wait for people to get educated.

I don't know where I would find such a person. I don't know if you mean in a professional sense or if you mean someone on this board. You are the user who originally introduced me to ACT and got me interested in it from your posts.




sabbath9 10-23-2015 05:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Noca (Post 1082812650)
I don't know where I would find such a person. I don't know if you mean in a professional sense or if you mean someone on this board. You are the user who originally introduced me to ACT and got me interested in it from your posts.

Yeah a professional therapist. You make an appointment with a therapist from that $500 million building. When you meet them, ask him or her if they can help you work through an ACT self-help workbook. I'm sure any decent therapist would jump at the chance of learning ACT while helping a client.

And / or we can support SAS users interested in ACT from this forum. Sometimes people get stuck, it has happened to me too. Like defining values, so many values to choose from, well eventually I decided: love is the most important value to me. Love is what guides and motivates me. We need to alleviate our own and others suffering and using ACT with love is the best solution.


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