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

ACT is my foundational practice. This is what I use the most. It is based on six principals: Cognitive Defusion, Contact with the Present Moment, Radical Acceptance, Self-as-Context, Values, and Committed Action. The practices outlined in ACT help clients improve self-esteem, take action toward values-based goals and reduce getting caught in cycles of negative thoughts and emotions. It is a well-suited practice for anxiety and trauma and works well for clients of all ages.

— Mark Best, Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy uses a mindfully compassionate and present focus to help us ACCEPT the things we cannot control, CHOOSE valued directions for our lives, and to TAKE action towards those things we value. This encourages the trusting of oneself, our intuition, and our abilities, and that we alone know what may be best for us. In the long run, it increases psychological flexibility and our ability to be present in the midst of both positive and distressing situations.

— Rachel Wethers, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have participated in multiple trainings—many with Russ Harris for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I have successfully passed skills I have learned to the clients that I work with.

— Jennifer Hyatt, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Temecula, CA

I am trained in principals of Acceptance and Commitment therapy including values work and committed actions.

— Kyle Woodson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

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

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

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

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) involves commitment of accepting your thoughts and feelings rather than fighting them or feeling guilty for them. The aim is to help people commit to actions that enrich their lives based on what they value.

— Cordell Pearson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ

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

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 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 Chicago, IL

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

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility means contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being, and based on what the situation affords, changing or persisting in behavior in the service of chosen values.

— Courtney Cohen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 in Provo, UT