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 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

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. I highly recommend "The Illustrated Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living" by Russ Harris. This is a graphic novel illustrating the principles of ACT Therapy, making it easy to understand and implement into your life.

— Paula Kirsch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , MI

Sometimes I wish that the acronym ACT stood for Allow Change Today. The concept of acceptance often gets a bad rap because people think it means just learning to put up with bad situations. But in this case what acceptance really means is learning to accept the unpleasant thoughts and feelings that inevitably accompany change. And commitment is about taking an honest inventory of what we would like to change and who we would like to be. ACT is about giving up on our excuses.

— Samuel Wilson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kensington, MD

I have received Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Training from Dr. Russ Harris. My trainings include ACT fundamentals and ACT for Trauma.

— Esra Nihan Bridge, Marriage & Family Therapist in Morrisville, PA

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) encourages people to embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them. With ACT, I will encourage you to accept the way you feel without judgment or negativity and to commit to the challenges you’re facing rather than hiding from them. With a combination of mindfulness-based therapy, ACT can be an effective treatment for anxiety.

— Darleshia Bibbins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Baton Rouge, LA

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 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

ACT involves utilizing mindfulness to understand that we are not our thoughts, therefore we do not have to suffer from our longstanding beliefs about ourselves and mental conditioning

— Justin Fink, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hoffman Estates, IL

My approach in helping clients is to guide them in reconnecting with what is important to them in life and how to focus their energy on those important things. This is based on the perspective of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as it uses a wide variety of interventions to help people understand their own relationship with their thoughts, how to shift that relationship and be able to move towards living a valued life.

— Jessica Clark, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in El Dorado Hills, CA

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 have attended several CEU's on ACT and use it in my daily practice.

— Tara Tooley, Clinical Social Worker in Overland Park, KS

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based therapy that is effective for a variety of issues. ACT is culturally sensitive because it doesn't assume you're the problem, it assumes you have normal human problems. ACT encourages you to connect with yourself, take purposeful action, and maintain focused yet flexible engagement with your life. We aim to achieve tangible results by focusing on what you value, what works, and what moves you forward.

— Nancy Lee, Licensed Professional Counselor in Foxfield, CO

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

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in ,

ACT is used to help my clients accept and embrace self with flaws, rather than finding fault in and blaming self. By improving self acceptance, individuals are able to explore their options and possibilities without self blame, fault, or shame being carried into their experiences which can be freeing in and of itself.

— Michael Love, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , FL