Topic: Approaches and modalities

Articles that explore approaches and modalities around acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and also complementary/alternative therapies and models that can work in collaboration with ACT.

The impact of low emotional efficacy on wellbeing and performance

Emotional efficacy plays a crucial role in our overall wellbeing and performance. When individuals struggle with low levels of emotional efficacy, it can have significant negative consequences on various aspects of their lives. In this blog post, we will explore the relevance of emotional efficacy today, the detrimental effects low emotional efficacy can have and […]

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How to get the most out of your ACT training

I saw a comment recently in an online forum saying that most ACT training doesn’t add value once you know the basics and it made me think of a couple of issues. This is certainly something I experienced in my development as an ACT therapist and required me to step out of my comfort zone […]

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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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Mastering the moves: What chess can teach us about therapy

Can chess teach us how to master therapy? During therapy sessions, the therapist and client engage in a strategic display of understanding, support, and growth. In this intricate dance, therapists strive to be steps ahead of their clients, anticipating their needs, reactions, and concerns. This makes our own experiences easier to navigate but also the […]

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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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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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Supervision: Meet the speaker (and an introduction to SEED)

At Contextual Consulting we’re proud to offer a full service for acceptance and commitment therapy, including therapy sessions, training and supervision. We firmly believe that supervision is an essential component of your ACT practice, enabling you to excel as an ACT practitioner. In our on-demand schedule we are pleased to host a workshop with Sally […]

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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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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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Meet our speaker: Tobyn Bell

Chairwork has been used for over 100 years, with many therapists regarding it as one of their most powerful and exciting ways of working. Matthew Pugh and Tobyn Bell, founded their company Chairwork, specifically with the aim of promoting the application, research, and dissemination of chairwork in psychotherapy, supervision, and coaching. We sat down with […]

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Processes, procedures and outcomes in therapy

When it comes to delivering therapy, precision is key. We strive to be as precise as possible in our interventions to have a greater impact and help individuals in distress as quickly as possible. However, changing human behaviour is far from a straightforward process, unlike say getting a new fuel pump from your local car […]

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