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 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

Was trained in ACT by previous supervisor in first private practice job, have all materials/handouts that I use with clients from Russ Harris, experience practicing treatment with clients for 4 years.

— Stephanie Ganor, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I am a newer ACT practitioner, but I adore this modality. It's full of so much warmth, self-compassion and it pairs nicely with my personal approach which is heavily focused on the relational component in therapy.

— Tara Guden, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in San Diego, CA

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 Ferndale, MI

ACT is an inspiring form of therapy. It helps you identify your values and we then collaborate on ways for you to live by them. ACT also encourages you to practice mindfulness and think flexibly and adaptively.

— Brian Lopez, Psychologist

ACT is a type of mindful psychotherapy that helps you stay focused on the present moment and accept thoughts and feelings without judgment. It aims to help you move forward through difficult emotions so you can put your energy into healing instead of dwelling on the negative.

— Kelly DiGuilio, Clinical Social Worker in ,

I guide clients in embracing their emotions and values while developing mindfulness and acceptance skills to manage distress.

— Mike Tiede, Psychologist

Being a member of the ACBS keeps me connected to other ACT therapist as well as guidance in providing ACT therapies effectively and updates within the ACT model. I also engage in group consultation, self reflection, and continued education throughout the year.

— Katie Doyle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

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 a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based action. It aims to help individuals develop psychological flexibility by accepting their thoughts and feelings rather than avoiding or controlling them. ACT also encourages individuals to identify their values and take committed action towards living a meaningful life.

— Sydney Phillips, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chandler, AZ

I have done multiple intensive ACT trainings and use this therapy as the heart of my therapeutic framework.

— Kelly White, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

One of the most helpful strategies in coping with anxiety symptoms can be changing one's relationship with their thoughts. Utilizing mindfulness strategies and recognizing thoughts are only thoughts and not "who you are" are just some helpful skills that come from ACT.

— Kendra Olson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Minneapolis, MN

We live in a society that is constantly normalizing us to what we are "supposed to be" and what we are "supposed to feel". Much of the distress someone feels is their interpretation of an experience and labeling it as good or bad. When we do this, we go into fight, flight, or freeze. Acceptance and Commitment therapy can help you accept the good, the bad, and the ugly, lean into anxiety, and commit to living a life in line with your values.

— Isabel Otanez-Ortiz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pleasant Grove, UT

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

This is a great program to learn distress tolerance and help you take committed action to living your values. It works well with anxiety, depression, addiction, conflict, and more.

— Russell Prause, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Surprise, AZ

ACT is my academic heritage, my specialty as a psychotherapist, and the guiding framework for my life. My graduate school mentor was directly trained by one of the founders of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She not only taught me how to use ACT with clients, but also how to embody ACT in my own life. I have been practicing ACT, both professionally and personally, since 2006.

— Karen O'Brien, Psychologist in San Antonio, TX

I was lucky enough to intern at a mood and anxiety disorder clinic where we were trained to use ACT and used it everyday as a beneficial part of the curriculum.

— Audrey Alberthal, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in West Lake Hills, TX

ACT is way of learning to tolerate and accept the truth of your present experiences, while taking intentional action toward creating change. When life is hard, it makes sense to have difficult thoughts and feelings; it makes sense to want things to be different. We'll work together, through compassionate conversation and mindfulness practice, to increase your capacity to accept these hard things. And we'll also identify action steps, no matter how small, that will create a pathway forward.

— Rachel Fernbach, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) teaches mindfulness skills to help individuals live and behave in ways consistent with personal values while developing psychological flexibility. Acceptance of things as they come, without evaluating or attempting to change them, is a skill developed through mindfulness exercises in and out of session.

— Christina Martinez, Clinical Social Worker in Chandler, AZ