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 find ACT to be espeically useful for clients who have tried to actively fight anxiety and pervasive thinking, without success. Rather than trying to resist negative thoughts, this modality instead changes our relationsip to it, often bringing a sense of peacefulness.

— Alexandra Hinton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - An evolution of CBT utilizing mindfulness, radical acceptance, and value directed behaviors.

— Ali Zandi, Clinical Psychologist in Seal Beach,

The heart of my work is to help you make sense of your challenges, clarify your values, and craft an intimate, joyful, and meaningful life aligned with them.

— Grant Gordin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

I use ACT with clients who want to have a different relationship with their thoughts and personal experiences. I have used ACT in group settings and with individual clients, it's great for anxiety and depression, but is also a great approach to life for ANYONE (no diagnosis necessary). It uses acceptance of the way things are and at the same time moves you toward change, using mindfulness and Buddhist principles and fun exercises to try in session and at home.

— Inga Curry, Clinical Psychologist in SAN DIEGO, CA

Much of my approach is based in ACT. ACT helps us to honor and accept our experiences, increase psychological flexibility, explore our personal values and goals, and increase authentic action towards those values and goals. We will use ACT in therapy to reduce rigid self-expectations and increase more compassionate ways to be in your experience and work towards what is truly important to you.

— Kayla Estenson Williams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Eagan, MN

As a values based therapist, I believe creating a life worth living means prioritizing your values and living your life around them. I work with clients to identify what matters to them, support them in making committed action towards their goals, and teach clients to accept and process positive and negative emotions in a healthy way.

— Michelle Smith, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in , FL

Compassion can make wonders with self esteem issues, depression, anxiety. Self acceptance is one of the first things that we need to do to start the change that we want. Commitment with your healing is the thing that keeps you engage in improving.

— Gioia Schuler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

What do you want to be doing in life? What dreams have you lost sight of? I help you clarify your values and act according to those values even when you feel anxious or sad. My work focuses on accepting that life holds pain, but that pain does not have to hold you back from doing what you love. In fact, accepting the hard emotions allows those emotions to hold less power over you.

— Tamara Harrison, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Bellingham, WA

ACT is an approach that focuses on engaging in meaningful activities even when you don't feel great. We'll help you to understand the values that are important to you as these are the compass that points us in the right direction when making decisions. We'll help you to understand what you're thinking and feeling, and why you react negatively. We'll help you build skills to not get caught up in negative thought loops that make you feel bad about yourself. We'll work to accept and make space for difficult thoughts and emotions when we can't avoid them, and understand how you can still find ways to do the things that are important to you.

— Dr. Kevin Hyde, Psychologist in Palm Harbor, FL

I find ACT to be espeically useful for clients who have tried to actively fight anxiety and pervasive thinking, without success. Rather than trying to resist negative thinking, this modality instead changes our relationsip to it, often bringing a sense of peacefulness.

— Alexandra Hinton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy. Clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. (APA, 2019).

— Lizabeth De Loera, Licensed Professional Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

I have both formal and informal training in ACT and have been utilizing this approach for over a decade. This third-wave CBT is the core of how I conceptualize clients concerns and formulate treatment. Its emphasis on the functional analysis of behavior provides an evidence-based approach to treat the fundamental mechanisms that perpetuate and exacerbate suffering and clinical concerns like anxiety disorders, OCD, and depression.

— Michael Heady, Licensed Professional Counselor in Towson, MD

My interest in ACT began during my counseling internship in 2016 during which I devoured every book I could on ACT and began utilizing it with supervision. After receiving my counseling license, I received training in ACT from Kelly Wilson, a central figure in the ACT world. Through my work at a residential and partial hospitalization treatment center for eating disorders, I practiced from an ACT stance every day.

— Hannah Lingafelt, Therapist in Asheville, NC

ACT is about recognizing what you can and can't control, and choosing to act in a way that is consistent with who you are and what you want in life. With this type of therapy, you explore what really matters to you and then develop a commitment to those values. It's really powerful when you're dealing with things that are outside your control like chronic illness or difficult interpersonal relationships. Aspects of ACT can be integrated with other treatment approaches depending on your goals.

— Wade McDonald, Clinical Psychologist in Frisco, TX

I've received ACT training from leaders in the field. At its core is mindfulness and a loving stance towards self and other. It's a wonderful and non-judgmental approach that paves the way for a meaningful, fulfilling life.

— Dr. Anna Yam, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA

I use mindfulness and self-acceptance to help you embracce your feelings and not fight the feelings or experience guilt over them.

— Michelle Stroebel, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Granite Falls, NC