Issue: mental health

Supporting children and young people’s mental health – a necessity not a luxury

While the emotional well-being of our youth is acknowledged as a key challenge in modern times, some new statistics are showing the worrying rate that these concerns are affecting wider society. A new report from Deloitte¹ found that 46% of working parents are concerned about their child’s mental health. Even more alarming, 29% of parents […]

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Mental health awareness week – Free introduction to ACT

Free introduction to ACT We’re supporting the Mental health foundation on mental health awareness week by sharing our FREE introduction to ACT course. Acceptance and commitment therapy, (ACT) is an exciting and powerful approach for understanding and working with human behaviour and as champions of the ACT model we wanted to share this short course […]

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ACT for chronic pain – systematic review

Key findings 25 randomised controlled trials of ACT for chronic pain were identified. ACT showed favourable effect sizes for key outcomes such as pain interference, disability, depression, and quality of life. Some evidence supports the cost effectiveness of ACT for chronic pain based on three studies. Theoretical processes of change, specifically psychological flexibility, played a […]

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ACT in the workplace randomised controlled trial study

Background to the study Mindfulness interventions in the workplace have gained interest over the past two decades, aiming to reduce stress, improve mental health, and potentially enhance job performance. Most research focuses on mindfulness training programs like MBSR, involving mindfulness meditation practice. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) has also become popular, targeting mindful self-regulation. While […]

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Neurodiversity celebration week – Supporting the mental health of people with neurodivergence

Neurodiversity celebration week is a global initiative that seeks to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding neurological differences. The campaign aims to transform the perception and support of neurodivergent individuals by providing educational institutions and organisations with the chance to acknowledge the numerous talents and advantages that come with being neurodivergent. By encouraging inclusive and equitable […]

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Exploring the dual nature of perfectionism and how ACT therapy can support

Superpower or supervillain? Perfectionism, often seen as a hallmark of high achievers, has long been praised for its ability to drive individuals towards excellence. However, beneath its shiny exterior lies a complex psychological trait that can be both a blessing and a curse, so we decided to explore the dichotomy of perfectionism, exploring both its […]

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Exploring the effectiveness of ACT in easing stress among adolescents – a meta analytic review

The power of acceptance In today’s fast-paced world, stress has become increasingly prevalent among children and adolescents, posing significant risks to their mental and physical well-being. In the quest to combat this rising issue, Binder et al. (2023) turned their attention to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). In a recent systematic review and meta-analysis titled […]

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ACT as a workplace intervention: A path to employee well-being and performance

The importance of well-being at work At long last, many organisations are finally beginning to recognise the importance of employee well-being and performance. When employees are well taken care of, they experience higher job satisfaction and engagement, which can lead to increased productivity and efficiency. Satisfied employees are more likely to go the extra mile, […]

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ACT and its impact on sleeplessness, especially in the winter months

What is sleeplessness? Sleeplessness is the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or wake earlier than desired. Everyone will occasionally experience this, but it is when it becomes a repeating pattern that it can cause problems. When sleeplessness becomes habitual it turns into insomnia, which “is a clinical disorder that affects 10% of the general […]

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Harnessing the power of chairwork in online ACT therapy

As the psychology world embraces online therapy as a convenient and accessible mental health resource, therapists are continually required to adapt their therapeutic approaches. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a widely recognised and effective form of therapy that can be seamlessly integrated into online sessions but at Contextual Consulting we love to understand how […]

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ACT for adolescent anxiety: a systematic research review

Anxiety in young people is both incredibly common and can be incredibly debilitating. It can interrupt key developmental tasks related to establishing social connections, undertaking academic requirements, and developing a healthy sense of self. Although many young people report experiencing anxiety, a subgroup describes their anxiety as very restrictive. They need some help and assistance […]

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Systematic review and meta-analysis of ACT in working with chronic health conditions

Brief summary of the paper: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) shows promise for managing chronic health conditions (CHCs). A systematic review and meta-analysis examined the efficacy of ACT compared to other treatments in well-defined CHCs. ACT was found to be superior to inactive groups and some active treatments in improving quality of life and symptom […]

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Effective strategies for managing ADHD in adults

How does ADHD present in adults? Whilst we all know the classic presentation of ADHD in children, and the conventional treatment route with childhood diagnosis, the presentation in adults may be more complex. Adults who have only been recently diagnosed may have developed coping mechanisms, which may or may not be successful, in order to […]

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A systematic review of the use of ACT to treat adult Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Brief summary of the paper: This review evaluates literature on the use of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to treat adult obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The review includes both published articles and unpublished theses and dissertations to increase the breadth of the review. 17 studies with 336 participants were included The current evidence suggests that ACT can be used to […]

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