At the Positive Thinking Clinic I use 3 different types of exercises to incorporate Acceptance and Commitment Theory. I often use these techniques in my sessions for all age groups.  These wonderful activities assist in building connections, finding focus and reducing stress.

The aim is to encourage meaningful actions and new perspectives of letting go of negative thought patterns.  This leads to living in the present moment more successfully.

I use activities which require clients to be:

  1. Open: and focus on full experiences, teaching clients to notice and lean into difficult thoughts, feelings, memories or physical sensations.

For example,

Consider you are the author or your own life story….

What title would you choose for your life so far?

Now ask yourself how this title is different to what your mind would want to call it?

  1. Aware: and use mindfulness techniques in everyday life, thus increasing contact with each present moment.

For example,

Consider yourself as a tourist.

Walk somewhere that you have walked before.

But this time pretend its your first time…

Notice what you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel.

….Notice the things you would have otherwise taken for granted.

  1. Engaged: to help clients to do more in their life, no matter what pain and difficult moments arise.

For example, 

Living by example,

How do you wish for people in your life to remember you?

Which small action can you do today to work towards that?

The above activities assist with:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Chronic Pain
  • Relationship Problems
  • Focus and Attention Issues
  • Painful Memories and Feelings