Alyce Galea, Psychologist
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence based approach that is very commonly used at our practice.
The core principles of ACT are:
The “Passengers on the Bus” metaphor, and it’s variations, is a popular and effective way to gain new perspective on the impacts of “giving in” to your unhelpful thoughts and discomfort.
This video is a play on the metaphor and describes your life journey as a plane ride.
Let’s refer to your unhelpful thoughts and difficult feelings as “bossy passengers” on your plane.
If the passengers on your life plane were saying awful things about you and making you doubt yourself how would you feel?
Would it be fair to stop the plane to argue with these passengers?
What might you miss out on if you “give in” to the bossy passengers and let them fly your plane?
What might happen instead if you made space for these unpleasant passengers and continued guiding your plane in the direction you wanted to take?
With support from our clinicians, you can start to identify some of these “bossy passengers” and unwanted thoughts and feelings, and learn how to make space for them.