Your questions are not offensive at all. In fact I often wish more clients would report these kinds of experiences - it pushes us in the psychology world to work harder on improving our methods. In the end, your wellbeing is the most important thing.
I endorse Kylie and Simon's comments about ACT - often clients who've tried other approaches report that ACT “feels different”, and more importantly, they experience improvement not made with other approaches. I've practised ACT for nearly 10 years now and am a big fan. But…
There may be something else going on. Here are a couple of ideas.
One of the most highly replicated findings in psychotherapy research is that the relationship between therapist and client as perceived by the client is the most powerful factor in producing a good outcome. This holds true across therapy approaches, across professional disciplines (e.g. psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker) and across diagnostic categories.
You mention that you felt you were being manipulated. That is a sure sign that the therapist's rapport with you is lacking. Therapists should be regularly checking with their clients that the rapport is there, otherwise the client is likely to leave before the therapy has had a chance to work. I am sure you can see how this would happen from your own experience.
Secondly, it may be that you have a disorder that is not going to improve via talk therapy. If it is something that responds to medication or other interventions, this might mean you have been looking in the wrong place. That's not to blame you, rather that these conditions can be difficult to diagnose and psychotherapy is a good first-resort treatment because it is rarely harmful. If you do respond well to medication as Simon suggests, you might still benefit from psychotherapy. But then the goal of therapy would not be to change your mood, but rather to live the best life you can no matter what mood you find yourself in.
And that therapeutic task is something that ACT is ideally suited for.
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