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Our mission is to improve wellbeing with tools to help people develop self-awareness and make choices based on their values 

 OK Positive's approach is based on Acceptance and Commitment therapy - known as ACT. It's an approach that is widely used in both therapy and workplace settings and it's backed by many scientific research studies - we've listed some further reading below.

The aim of ACT is to increase psychological flexibility - your ability to choose how you respond to situations, so that you can live a more meaningful life - one that is aligned to your values. 

ACT is built on 3 main pillars - Open, Aware and Engaged.

  • Being open means accepting everything that happens in your life, good or bad. 

  • Being aware means noticing all your thoughts, feelings and experiences

  • Being engaged means doing the things that matter to you - making choices based on your values. 

It's important to note that OK Positive is not a medical or diagnostic tool - it doesn't replace speaking to your doctor or therapist.  We offer tools and content to help you build self-awareness, identify your values and make choices in your own life that support your wellbeing.  

Meet OK Positive's clinical director


Helen McGillivray has 30 years of clinical experience, including 18 years providing psychological therapies. She uses proven psychological models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and mindfulness in her work with both individuals and groups.  She is passionate about sharing these models and seeing people move towards the life that matters. 

Helen is a registered nurse and an accredited member of the BABCP - the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists

She's also a member of the ACBS - Association of Contextual and Behavioural Science

and a board member of the ACBS UK & ROI


Further reading on the therapeutic principles on which OK Positive is based: 

  • A Liberated Mind: The Essential Guide to ACT by Steven Hayes

  • The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert

  • The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris

  • ACT Made Simple: An Easy-to-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Dr. Russ Harris

  • Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Professor Mark Williams

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