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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I was trained to use this modality under the supervision of Ivy League doctoral supervisors at USC. I have practiced this modality at all institutions I have been employed.

— Steven Su, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fullerton, CA

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) encourages people to embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them. ACT uses six core principles to help clients develop psychological flexibility: Defusion. Acceptance. Contact with the present moment. The Observing Self. Values. Committed action.

— Eryn Hicker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

I love ACT! I completed a intense 10 week training and have been using it quite a bit in my practice ever since. ACT is a different sort of framework than many other therapies. It is about living the life you want to live now and not having to get rid of something first or wait for something to change. I have experience incorporating ACT skills and tools into the work I do, such as mindfulness, defusion from unhelpful thoughts, acceptance, perspective taking, commitment, and values.

— Jeffrey Gianelli, Clinical Social Worker in Wilmington, NC

Develop a cohesive relationship with thoughts, emotions, actions, beliefs, to live a meaningful life based on values.

— Kelly Borich, Social Worker in Bethlehem, PA
 

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy. ACT helps you challenge behaviors that are unworkable. Instead of avoidance, denial, and struggling with inner emotions, you learn to accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations. You learn to not prevent the feelings, instead, you focus on moving forward closer to value-based living. I can help you identify what is most important

— Mekeya Jama, Clinical Social Worker in St. Louis, MO

ACT adopts the view that there are valid alternatives to trying to change the way you think, including mindful behavior, attention to personal values, and commitment to action. By taking steps to change your behavior while, at the same time, learning to accept your psychological experiences, you can eventually change your attitude and emotional state. I have obtained extensive training in ACT through continuing education and peer counseling.

— Roberta Ballard, Psychologist in Marietta, GA
 

Our program is rooted in CBT, ERP and ACT principles.

— Abbie Kelley, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL

I trained in ACT during my graduate school internship and have been using the techniques since then. I love incorporating the value-driven approach to help clients move toward what is meaningful to them. I also use this to help clients work on anxious or intrusive thoughts.

— Kasey Meyer, Counselor in Round Rock, TX
 

Our clinicians often utilize an ACT approach, in conjunction with other modalities based on the individual.

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in ,

I love using ACT because it is non-stigmatizing and non-pathologizing. Rather than trying to change or fight our feelings, we can accept them and work with ebb and flow of our emotions. ACT lends itself to structure (I have worksheets we can use in your treatment if you like!) or a more fluid, intuitive approach.

— Easin Beck, Marriage & Family Therapist in Phoenixville, PA
 

I like ACT because of it's meaningful, active, and behavioral-based approach. Using your values and goals as a guide, we work together to develop a plan to change behaviors and your relationship to your thoughts. ACT employs mindfulness interventions and metaphor. I love how it is tailored to the uniqueness of each potential client!

— Mae MacIntire, Psychologist in Grand Junction, CO

ACT has two basic principles for therapist and client to follow. One, accept that we have unwelcome thoughts sometimes and that these thoughts are out of our control. Two, commit to a life which is focused on core values defined by you. In other words, "Embrace your imperfections and learn how to trust that you know what's best."

— Michael Ianello, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

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

I utilize ACT to assist with anxiety and depression treatments.

— Kelly Broderick, Clinical Social Worker in Brockton, MA
 

ACT is all about gaining acceptance into who you are. We'll focus on pro's and con's and validation.

— Courtney Latham, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Minneapolis, MN