Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) stems from cognitive behavioral therapy and focuses on the role of acceptance in overcoming psychological distress. ACT posits that much of our psychological suffering stems from the attempt to avoid, deny, or struggle against unwanted thoughts and emotions. Unlike traditional therapy that seeks to modify thought patterns, ACT aids individuals in accepting these thoughts and emotions, thereby empowering them to engage in valued actions aligned with their personal goals.

What does ACT help with?

Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in managing a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, and other psychological disorders.

How does ACT work?

Acceptance and commitment therapy is based on six core principles. Treatment focuses on learning active presence and acceptance of the full range of one’s experiences, without engaging in defenses or avoidance. Acceptance does not require liking the experience but acknowledging and allowing the presence of uncomfortable emotion. By creating distance between the person’s thoughts and feelings and viewing themselves as more than their thoughts and feelings, it facilitates the process of acceptance of the full human experience. In acceptance and commitment therapy, the therapist engages the person in identifying their values and identifying behaviors and steps to take that are aligned with these values.

Is ACT right for you?

Acceptance and commitment therapy is an experiential, active therapeutic approach that encourages practicing learned skills outside of therapeutic sessions. It allows individuals to learn to be more present in the moment and experience greater self-compassion. Acceptance and commitment therapy enables finding meaning and value in one’s life, and encourages committed action.

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