Topic: Mental health

Everything we do is about mental health. These articles explore specific issues, approaches and research that can be useful to understand from a mental health perspective when implementing ACT.

Thriving under pressure: Three ways ACT can support sports professionals

Can they really “bring it home”? Euro 2024 is well underway with the competition heating up as that prestigious trophy inches closer. For the athletes, coaches and managers participating in this high-stakes tournament, the pressure to perform is immense. Not only are they representing their countries, but millions of passionate fans have been watching their […]

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The four big myths about love and how ACT can help

We’ve all grown up surrounded by idealised depictions of love – from the fairytales we read as children to the classic romance novels and Hollywood blockbusters we consume as adults. These storybook romances often show us passionate soulmates with effortless ‘perfect’ partnerships that can weather any storm. And while these romantic fantasies are certainly captivating, […]

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Re-frame, re-train and re-connect with Hazel Anderson-Turner

Ahead of her upcoming course “ACTivate your coaching for beginners: A practical introduction to using ACT in your coaching sessions” we’re pleased to share Hazel’s story, talking about why re-framing, re-training and re-connecting is so important. Hazel’s story I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship we have with our minds. Because I understand that relationship, through […]

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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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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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Reflections on an enriching year: Contextual Consulting 2023 highlights

As we begin to wind down 2023 and eagerly embrace the new year, we thought it would be a perfect time to take a moment and appreciate the extraordinary journey we have had at Contextual Consulting this year. It’s been an enriching time filled with workshops, supervision sessions, therapy, and impactful charity work. Or if […]

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Self-harming and suicidality – red flags and effective responses

The stark reality: understanding the prevalence of suicide and self-harm The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health1 looks at data from the years 2009 to 2019. It is worth considering that the landscape of mental health during the COVID pandemic and in the aftermath, has definitely become bleaker. Factors such as […]

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Perfectionism: dangerous obsession or harmless competition?

Your opinion of perfectionism may well depend on your age, sex and economic ‘success’ in life. To the comfortably off, professional middle class or recently retired age groups, working long and hard hours “never did anyone any harm”. If you’re in your twenties and early thirties, it may be a completely different story. This constant […]

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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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Contextual Consulting event success supports ACBS Developing Nations Training Fund

Dr Joe Oliver and Dr Ray Owen are thrilled with the success of their charity training event, “Facing the Storm” in aid of the Developing Nations Training Fund. Over 450 health and social care professionals, community support workers and spiritual carers attended and US $5,000 (£4,000) was raised to fund scholarships for professionals in the […]

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