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.

Meet the specialists

I believe there are 2 possible ways to deal with a problem: acceptance and change. The 2 concepts are related and often bidirectional. You might want to change your situation or accept it, or you might not know the difference. Together, we can figure out what works best for you in different situations. ACT can help you be more flexible, open, and observant, and completely change your world view. We will explore your values and help you take steps in a meaningful direction towards your goals.

— Alice Rizzi, Clinical Psychologist in Brooklyn, NY
 

ACT teaches people skills, such as mindfulness and compassion, to learn how to relate to their difficult thoughts and feelings in a way that allows them to commit to taking ACTions to make their life better!

— Carissa Gustafson, Psychologist in Calabasas, CA

I have gone through basic ACT training with the founder of the modality: Dr. Steven Hayes. I have completed a 4-day bootcamp, & am currently pursuing advanced training in the modality.

— Madalina Coman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA
 

ACT combines mindfulness with emotional regulation techniques to move towards a place of greater peace with and sense of control over one's own feelings.

— Jen Warner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

ACT teaches us to accept what is out of our control and commit to taking value-based action to improve our lives. The goal of ACT is to develop the skill of psychological flexibility which can help us adapt to situations, manage stress, shift perspectives, clarify values, be more present and increase vitality. Vitality is the sense of being fully present in life regardless of how we feel in the moment. ACT is not only a form of therapy; it is a revolutionary way to view the human condition!

— Stephanie Longtain, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX
 

Most recently, I have trained and incorporated Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into my practice, and I absolutely love it. It incorporates many pieces of traditional CBT while expanding the treatment and conceptualization of issues in a way that very much resounds with me. Practicing evidence based therapy is crucial for me, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has indeed accrued a substantial evidence base over the past 30 + years.

— Paige L. Freeman, Ph.D., PLLC, Psychologist

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
 

ACT proposes that are so many reasons to be sad and anxious in life. Often when we feel stuck in these emotions, it is because we are trying hard to control how we feel. We can do this by avoiding, drinking, or even just numbing out. The price is disconnection from the things we value most. ACT works through mindfulness to sit with difficult feelings and work toward values-based action to navigate our experiences and reconnect with our passions and purpose.

— Alison Gurley, Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY

I think of ACT as a more naturalistic way of integrating behavioral principles into treatment. In ACT, we help define your core values and tune your behavior toward those values on a daily basis, in the service of better mental health. I integrate CBT principles into treatment to help relieve symptoms ut do so in a larger context of helping you build the life you want to live.

— Katie Playfair, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

I think of ACT as a more naturalistic way of integrating behavioral principles into treatment. In ACT, we help define your core values and tune your behavior toward those values on a daily basis, in the service of better mental health. I integrate CBT principles into treatment to help relieve symptoms but do so in a larger context of helping you build the life you want to live. We can do ACT both online and in person!

— Katie Playfair, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a psychotherapy model that works to identify and accept inner emotions and feelings, using mindfulness; a client can then commit to making necessary changes in their behavior, resulting in a more psychological flexibility.

— Beth Darby, Clinical Social Worker in Brentwood, TN