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 love Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and use it with my clients often. I use it to help clients achieve more psychological flexibility, decrease their struggle with discomfort, and be more mindful in general.

— Jennifer Kulka, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA
 

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

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in ,

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

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in ,
 

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a type of therapy that helps people accept the difficulties they are experiencing as a part of life, identify their values, and take action that aligns with these values. The premise of ACT is that struggle is a part of life, and fighting against it gets us nowhere, and can sometimes make things worse. If we accept the struggles we face but decide to move forward in spite of these struggles, we can achieve our goals and live a life with more meaning and purpose. I incorporate compassion-focused practices into my ACT work, helping you acknowledge the ways in which you are being hard on yourself, and how being a little bit kinder might help you move towards a life of valued action and meaning.

— Ashley Hamm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

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

— Kelly Borich, Social Worker in Bethlehem, PA
 

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 is a beautiful reflection of what happens when you take thoughts, emotions, and behavior, and spin them into beliefs, values, and committed action. Our focus with ACT is transitioning from engaging in what is known as the struggle-suffer cycle, to taking committed action in the awareness-acceptance cycle. It’s kindof like scientists and Buddhists got together and wrote a bunch of metaphors.

— Ginelle Krummey, Mental Health Counselor in Asheville, NC
 

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

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is evidence based new "Third Wave" of CBT therapy that will assist you in moving through your unhelpful thoughts and beliefs towards what you really want to become and become finding your true values and goals that make life worth living.

— Karmen Tuivai, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

The core of ACT is getting in touch with you, your values, and living the life you want. ACT has been an integral part of my life and I have experienced the positive impact it has on others, over and over. When we live life according to our desires, we feel happier, have better relationships and get stuff done.

— Julie Reichenberger, Counselor in Denver, CO

My core specialization, I use tenets of ACT in my work as it holistically encapsulates the essence of true healing: learning skills while being holistically congruent with oneself.

— Neil Panchmatia, 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 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

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 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

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
 

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

ACT is one of the "Third Wave" CBT practices and incorporates behavioral strategies and mindfulness techniques. These strategies help clients identify their values, better understand what things are getting in the way of their ability to live a life that is congruent with these values, and begin to live a values-oriented life that is rich and vibrant.

— Beth Perlmutter, Clinical Social Worker
 

Acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT (pronounced like the word "act"), is a mindful approach to accepting the hardships in life to improve one's overall quality of living. It's a form of psychotherapy kindred to cognitive-behavioral therapy that helps people focus on the present and move forward from overwhelming, difficult emotions. While treatment time may vary from person to person, it can help diffuse the impact of negative emotions and reshape your thinking to treat depression, anxiety

— Jennifer Harvey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Livonia, MI

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
 

ACT provides you with ways in which you can see your "fear" in a different light in order to turn things around.

— Maria Burch, Counselor in San Francisco, CA