Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy gets it name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life. In the coaching world ACT stands for Acceptance and Commitment Training.

The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life. ACT
(which is pronounced as the word ‘act’, not as the initials) does this by:

a) Teaching you psychological skills to deal with your negative, painful thoughts and feelings effectively – in such a way that they have much less impact and influence over you (these are known as mindfulness skills).

b) Helping you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you – i.e your values – then use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better.

You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf” Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness skills

Mindfulness skills have been around for 1000s of years and it is only in recent years that psychologists have become very interested in how they can benefit people in numerous ways, physically, mentally and emotionally. Put simply, mindfulness is about moment to moment awareness. Or you can think of mindfulness as ‘paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally’ (Jon Kabat-Zinn).

The potential benefits are plenty……..including:

  • Positive outcomes relating to health
  • Improved focus and concentration
  • Improved academic performance
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Reduced rumination
  • More joy
  • Reduces the impact and influence of stressful thoughts and feelings
  • Facilitates better relationships
  • Helps us to catch self-defeating behaviours, and substitute more effective ones
  • Improved decision making

The Sydney ACT Centre is located at:

Suite 607 / 185 Elizabeth St NSW , Australia.

Ph: +61 2 92516222
Fax: +61 2 85691728


We moved in July 2021! We are located at Suite 607 / 185 Eliazabeth Street, close to Park street. You can also enter the building from 160 Castlereagh St. It is a 5 minute walk from either Town Hall, St James and Museum railway stations. Parking is available in parking stations nearby (and is very expensive!). Public transport is recommended for you to arrive on time. There is not waiting room so we kindly request that you wait downstairs in the foyer and take the lift to level 6 just in time for your scheduled appointment.

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