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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What you don't accept can cause you to get stuck. Let's find other ways to look at your situation.

— Danielle Proch, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Oldsmar, FL

Acceptance and commitment therapy is all about us working together to help you create a meaningful life. This is a skills based, hands on therapy practice where I will teach you ways to identify and live life by your values, help you learn ways to separate some from those hard thoughts and feelings so you can make decisions based on what you want out of life instead of out of anxiety and fear. We focus on mindfulness, values and strategies to help you create the life you want.

— Kylee Nelson, Counselor in Tulsa, OK

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 help you live your values.

— Karmen Tuivai, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Provo, UT

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 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

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 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 is considered by many to be the logical progression from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as it incorporates awareness of thinking errors. What makes ACT special is that it doesn't require us to challenge our way of thinking, but instead to focus on what's most important, and to make steps in that direction, despite whatever our mind might be saying. I've seen ACT help many people become better able to handle what life throws at them.

— Matt McCullough, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I have taken multiple courses in ACT and weave in ACT theory and interventions into my work. I work with you to work on noticing your thoughts and loosening your grip on them. Your values, your beliefs about what makes life worth living are a central part of this work.

— Emily Derouin, Psychologist in Denver, CO

ACT is incredibly effective for management of all forms of distress. I’ve founded it so useful in helping clients manage difficult circumstances. I’m a dedicated mindfulness and meditation practitioner in my own life, and I enjoy helping my clients find their way towards a more peaceful life using the concepts of ACT to help.

— Vanessa Gorelkin, Occupational Therapist in Scottsdale, AZ

ACT is a simple concept: accept the things you cannot change and change the things you can. It's an extraordinary tool to help clients reframe their choices and behaviors and learn to redirect energy away from fighting with themselves to living their true values and purpose. It can be lifechanging for clients, and it's a great, useful tool to manage day-to-day life.

— Stacy Andrews, Mental Health Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

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

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 am an ACT practitioner having studied for past 5+ years and find incorporating value based living to be vital to success and well-being of clients and myself. Using mindfulness based approach and gentle awareness of our current processes, ACT supports others in learning different ways of relating to thoughts and feelings and engaging in living their best life.

— Julie Williams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, 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 ut do so in a larger context of helping you build the life you want to live.

— Katie Playfair, Licensed Professional Counselor in Vancouver, WA