• First part involves the acceptance of things that are out of your control, focusing on things outside of your control may cause more distress the more you focus on it. For many people, accepting a Parkinson’s diagnosis can be extremely difficult and so living in denial can preoccupy one’s state of mind for several years. Until one accepts their diagnosis, they will not be able to fully engage or appreciate the support, therapies and information that is available to live the best life possible with the condition.
• Second and third areas involved you taking charge and committing to the actions that will push you forward instead of leaving you stagnant in an array of unhelpful emotions. This area of therapy supports you with planning and working towards the things that you would like or need to change to live a happier and more fulfilling life.
ACT is interactive and collaborative. Your therapist will work with you as an equal. They will ask you to do experiential exercises in sessions, using your own direct experience as a guide to where change is necessary and possible, for instance:
1. Letting feelings or thoughts happen without the impulse to act on them.
2. Observe your weaknesses but take note of your strengths.
3. Give yourself permission to not be good at everything.
4. Acknowledge the difficulties in your life without escaping from it or avoiding it.
5. Realise that you can be in control of how you react, think and feel.
This therapy may involve you filling in worksheets and practicing in between sessions the techniques that you have learned. All of which will lead to you to actually do things differently in your life.
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