ACT is a behavioural therapy that focuses on valued engagement in life. The client is guided to open up and to invite all of their experiences of all varieties. ACT centers on identifying the thoughts and feelings that are obstacles to valued living and aims to change our relationship to those internal experiences, rather than changing the experiences themselves. ACT is effective with a wide variety of conditions, including eating disorders, anxiety disorders, chronic pain, skin picking, substance use problems, depression and others.
CBT is a psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people's difficulties, and so change the way they feel. CBT focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.
DBT is a psychotherapy which combines features of cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness in order to help clients effect change. This form of therapy can be effective in treating bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, bulimia, mood disorders, post-traumatic disorder, as well as changing detrimental patterns of behavior, such as self-harm, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse.
Narrative therapy is a psychotherapy that separates an individual from their problem and seeks to identify their values and the abilities, skills, and competencies that will assist them to effectively change their relationship with any problems influencing their lives.