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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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (known as ACT) is an empowering and effective approach that helps you refocus on the things that matter most. If you have tried Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in the past but still struggle with problematic thought patterns, ACT might be a good fit. With ACT, you will learn how to observe your thoughts without getting hooked by them. Rather than trying to change or banish unwanted thoughts, you will learn how to change how you relate to them.

— Jennifer Beytin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arlington, VA

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

ACT is a therapeutic approach that gently guides individuals to welcome their thoughts and feelings, nurturing a profound sense of self-compassion. Throughout our journey together, we'll focus on cultivating not just psychological flexibility but also inner strength, empowering you to gracefully navigate the complexities life presents.

— Yiran Sun, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in new york, NY

I believe that clients should not have to feel negatively about their thoughts and emotions that make them who they are. With Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) I encourage clients to accept their thoughts and emotions without judgement, and to work on moving forward with change in the present moment. I want the clients energy to be put into healing and moving towards change rather than dwelling on the negative.

— Margaret Shouse, Licensed Professional Counselor in Northbrook, IL

I incorporate elements of ACT, including mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based work.

— Sala Psychology, Clinical Psychologist in Greenwich, CT

ACT is all about gaining acceptance into who you are. We'll focus on pro's and con's and validation.

— Courtney Latham, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wayzata, MN

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

ACT is an empirically based therapy that uses mindfulness approach along with commitment and behavioral changes to teach you psychological flexibility.

— Nancy Dano, Mental Health Counselor in Schaghticoke, NY

I believe one of the greatest contributors to mental health is avoidance of our internal and external worlds. In ACT, the object is to works towards accepting the difficult internal and external experiences we go through on a daily basis while engaging in committed actions towards our values. Acceptance my seem like an obscure concept, however we have been taught and are hardwired to believe we should not feel or have certain emotions, thoughts, and sensations, but those are what make us human.

— William Martineau, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boise, ID

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

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

ACT has two basic principles for therapist and client to follow. One, accept that we have unwelcome thoughts sometimes and that these thoughts are out of our control. Two, commit to a life which is focused on core values defined by you. In other words, "Embrace your imperfections and learn how to trust that you know what's best."

— Michael Ianello, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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

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

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in Warrington, PA

A growing branch off of CBT, ACT is one of my favorite approaches. My expertise lies in finding acceptance with what we have or are experiencing, while finding inner initiative, power, and confidence in taking the reins of the course our lives take. Having received numerous trainings in this area, I have found ACT is the commitment to put yourself in the drivers seat and the empowerment to get back in when we have fallen off.

— Cheyenne Bellarosa, Counselor in Aurora, CO

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