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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We generally weave principles of ACT throughout sessions. ACT uses metaphors to illustrate concepts, which helps our brains not get stuck in literal thought and past interpretations. It's also helpful to get a sense of your values and what is important in your life. ACT uses a foundation of mindfulness to enable greater self awareness and insight and we will teach mindfulness skills during session and encourage you to have an at home practice.

— Cactus Flower Healing, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mesa, AZ

ACT uses values as an underlying base and motivation for future action. The exploration of individual values is an incredibly important tool for self growth. This process also allows us to look for discrepancies between values you were raised with, and values that you personally feel are important to uphold. You are making a commitment to lean into the things that you care most about, while also accepting yourself as you are. I hope to model that acceptance for you through our work.

— Jennifer Beltz (Catharsis Counseling LLC), Licensed Professional Counselor in Eugene, OR

I have completed ACT training therapy with Stephen Hayes, one of the founders and researchers of ACT and I have since used ACT with many clients. It is effective treatment approach that can lead to lasting outcomes for a variety of problems. Learn More:

— Rebecca Keck, Counselor in Kissimmee, FL

We experience challenging feelings for a reason. I find that ACT helps us to make peace with these inner experiences and, rather than fighting against them, helps us to accept and use them as we move forward in our lives.

— Annie Holleman, Psychologist in Austin, TX

This life is full of things we cannot control. We will work on helping clients to behave more consistently with their own values and apply mindfulness and acceptance skills to their responses to uncontrollable experiences.

— Amanda Fink, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Waxhaw, NC

Acknowledging and accepting what we have experienced with compassion helps us to move forward from our past

— Caryn Warren, Addictions Counselor in Mesa, AZ

I not only practice from a Acceptance-Commitment Therapeutic stance but I also provide individual supervision in, as well as trained fellow Clinicians in the application of Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based therapy that incorporates elements of Buddhist mindfulness meditation and newer behavioral therapy techniques. Member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science -

— Francine Way, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

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

ACT is my primary orientation and used in all of my work. I received graduate training in ACT and have taken numerous trainings/workshops led by ACT experts including Drs. Steven Hayes and Jason Luoma. Together, we'll work to identify the function of your behaviors and find solutions that better work in context of your life. Acceptance isn't giving up the fight, it's seeing how the game is rigged and refusing to keep playing the same way with the same outcome.

— Daniel Paulus, Clinical Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA

I have received formal training and supervision in ACT, and have been practicing using ACT throughout my career. Additionally, I have a strong background in mindfulness, both personally and professionally. I have had a personal practice for over a decade, including formal trainings and retreats. I have integrated ACT and mindfulness into individual and group therapy, conducted trainings on ACT, and have also conducted research around the use of mindfulness and compassion in therapy.

— JD Wright, Psychologist in Gainesville, FL

Acceptance and commitment therapy is a form of psychotherapy and a branch of clinical behavior analysis. It is an empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways with commitment and behavior-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility.

— Monica Manuel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

Acceptance and commitment therapy is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that is action-oriented approach that teaches people to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with inner emotions. Instead, ACT teaches people to accept that some deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations and that don't have to prevent them from moving forward in their lives.

— Christine Block, Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX

ACT is particularly helpful for clients who have a difficult time navigating and managing their thoughts and feelings. Rather than trying to change a client’s thoughts or feelings, I encourage clients to move forward through the difficult thoughts and feelings towards their desired goals, values, and healing. Through ACT, I help clients focus on what is really important to them in life and build the necessary coping skills to handle challenging times.

— Marissa Johnson, Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA

I have sought out additional clinical training and supervision in ACT, including a yearlong fellowship at University of Chicago. I draw largely from an ACT perspective as a therapist.

— Hope Williams, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

I have trained and practiced with ACT as my primary theoretical modality since 2006. I have been fortunate to train with the 3 founders of the approach and it has strong research support. ACT is useful in treating a variety of concerns focusing you on what is truly important to you as a North Star for growth. ACT also includes recognizing your areas of avoidance or developing presence and allowing space for you to cultivate a more values-based meaningful life.

— Tera Lensegrav-Benson, Psychologist in , UT

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an action-oriented approach that stems from traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It utilizes acceptance and mindfulness strategies to help the client accept the difficulties that come with life.

— Paula Kirsch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , MI

ACT teaches clients mindfulness skills to thrive in ways consistent with personal values while developing positive mental health. With this treatment, I can provide guidance to clients to recognize their past ways to suppress, manage, and control emotional experiences that have created challenges. Being able to recognize and address these challenges, clients can become better able to make room for values-based actions that support their emotional and mental well-being.

— Chioko Grevious, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA