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 202, Level 2, 139 Macquarie St Sydney NSW 2000

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


We moved in June 2018! We are located at Domain House, 139 Macquarie St between Bridge and Bent streets. It is a 5-7 minute walk from Circular Quay railway station / wharfs and a 8-10 minute walk from Wynyard railway station. It is also approximately 7 minute walk from top of Martin Place (further from George st end). Parking is available in parking stations nearby (and is very expensive!). Public transport is recommended for you to arrive on time.

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