Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) combines aspects of acceptance and mindfulness approaches with behavior-change strategies, in an effort to help clients develop psychological flexibility. Therapists and counselors who employ ACT seek to help clients identify the ways that their efforts to suppress or control emotional experiences can create barriers. When clients are able to identify these challenges, it can be easier to make positive and lasting changes. Think this approach may work for you? Contact one of TherapyDen’s ACT specialists today to try it out.

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ACT is a cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy that incorporates mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions with the aim of helping clients become more attuned to their present-moment experience, and to come into greater alignment with who and what really matters. ACT is the primary form of CBT that I practice and I have attended several intensive trainings with the founders of this approach.

— Arthur Dalton, Clinical Psychologist

I've completed several advance trainings with the leaders of ACT, and this modality provides the foundation for my clinical work.

— Rebecca Mercurio, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Saint Louis, MO

As an adjunct to exposure therapy, I often utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I find the mindfulness and acceptance pieces of ACT to be particularly helpful in treating OCD and anxiety disorders. I also find focusing on values can be beneficial to increasing motivation.

— Keri Brown, Clinical Psychologist in Black Earth, WI

Acceptance and Commitment therapy supports the client in accepting their current state and experiences while also working toward goals of growth and change. I help my clients to find acceptance of themselves and their lives while reaching their goals and dreams.

— Rebecca Haney, Counselor in Middletown, OH

ACT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It differs from some other kinds of cognitive behavioral therapy in that rather than trying to teach you to better control your thoughts, feelings, sensations, memories and other private events, ACT teaches you to "just notice," accept, and embrace their private events, especially previously unwanted ones.

— Dr. Jag Soni, Clinical Psychologist in Napa, CA

I have taken several intensive trainings in ACT and participate in a consultation group focused on developing our skills in this model.

— Christina Hughes, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN FRANCISCO, CA

I incorporate elements of ACT, including mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based work.

— Sala Psychology, Clinical Psychologist in Greenwich, CT

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that stems from traditional behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives.

— Janie Trowbridge, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

ACT informs the underlying goal I have for every client I work with: get you back to living a values based life. Because of the nature of the symptoms of anxiety, when anxious, we quickly stop living in accordance with our values, which then influences our self-esteem, as well as perpetuates anxiety. ACT also incorporates mindful living and creating space for painful emotions instead of pushing them away in order to finally heal. This therapy can be used with many diagnoses.

— Lauren Spencer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Gig Harbor, WA

I have completed Basic and Specialized training in ACT and currently offer ACT or ACT informed therapy for individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and OCD.

— Jennifer Johnston, Counselor in Hamden, CT

I have completed several intense and advance trainings on ACT by Steven Hayes and Russ Harris.

— Jen Constanos, Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

ACT is a powerful treatment. It recognizes that many of us end up in a tug-of-war with our emotions, our bodies, and even the world around us. We may be able to keep up the push and pull for some time, but ultimately it becomes exhausting, time consuming, and limiting - leading us to suffer even more. ACT helps us to end this tug-of-war, and instead turn our focus to what is fundamentally important to us, and begin to make real steps towards living a life focused on fulfillment and vitality.

— Ami Student, Clinical Psychologist

Acceptance and commitment therapy is a type of mindful psychotherapy that helps you stay focused on the present moment and accept thoughts and feelings without judgment. It works by focusing on accepting life experiences as they come without evaluating or trying to change them. ACT aims to help you move forward through difficult emotions so you can put your energy into healing and living in line with your values.

— E Ardron, Marriage & Family Therapist in Chicago, IL

I'm an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a mindfulness-based approach to therapy that helps you become aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions and to create a meaningful life that aligns with your values. I have years of experience helping clients recognize and accept thoughts and feelings without judgment and to use that knowledge to create meaningful and lasting change. I'm committed to helping you find the clarity and focus you need to live your life with meaning.

— Dr. Tom Murray, Sex and Relationship Therapist, Sex Therapist in Greensboro, NC

ACT is all about powering up and working through discomfort by remembering what's really important to you. So, for instance, if you're uncomfortable finishing what's on your plate, you remember that the real reason you sat down for dinner was to continue your recovery, which is important because your family and friends need you and you want to be healthy so you can still go to Spain next summer. In other words, you ACCEPT the discomfort and COMMIT to your values. Get it?

— Brian Jones, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA