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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Both Natalia Aniela (Blanchfield) and Matthew Williams completed the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Matthew Boone, LCSW, Rajinder (Sonia) Singh, Ph.D in (June 2022) and have trained all clinicians at Kairos Wellness Collective in the basics of incorporating ACT into treatment sessions. We find ACT therapy an invaluable tool for use with OCD. Natalia Aniela, Matthew Williams, and Lacey Pacheco are enrolled in the ACT Bootcamp training with Stephen Hayes, the founder and creator of ACT.

— Kairos Wellness Collective, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO

I co-facilitated an ACT group in graduate school and have continued to explore and utilize ACT for various clients over the last 6 years. I love mindfulness exercises and some of the cognitive interventions from ACT.

— Ta'Boris Osborne, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

I use ACT tools and techniques to guide my patient's in making better decisions for themselves. Not only does ACT highlight the importance of values, but it helps the individual to understand the implications of language and its impact on problem solving life's most complex issues.

— Danielle Levy, Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY

ACT aims to develop and expand psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility encompasses emotional openness and the ability to adapt your thoughts and behaviors to better align with your values and goals.

— Helen Palmer, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based action. It aims to help individuals develop psychological flexibility by accepting their thoughts and feelings rather than avoiding or controlling them. ACT also encourages individuals to identify their values and take committed action towards living a meaningful life.

— Sydney Phillips, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chandler, AZ

I have completed Basic and Specialized training in ACT and currently offer ACT or ACT informed therapy for individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and OCD.

— Jennifer Johnston, Counselor in Hamden, CT

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

ACT is essentially learning to roll with the emotions that are naturally coming to the surface. We accept that we do not have power over the emotions we experience and commit to being with our emotions versus fighting them.

— Kellie A. Ebberup-Krug, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

There are many things we cannot change or control, and one way to find peace with these inevitable parts of our lives is to accept them, acknowledge what we have learned from them, and change our lives so we can move on, live freely, and act in accordance with our core values. Together we can put the pieces of your life back together and find your truth path.

— Angela Payne, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in SEATTLE, WA

ACT is an evidence-based behavioral therapy that encourages people to embrace their thoughts and feelings, including the negative ones. The goal of ACT is to create a rich and meaningful life by increasing psychological flexibility and mindfulness. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) encourages people to embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them.

— Carmen F Juneidi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

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.

— Jennifer Warner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

Only when we can accept ourselves as we are, can we create positive change in our lives. This may feel counter-intuitive, but research shows that change happens more readily when someone accepts their current condition rather than fighting against it. Let me help you with this process so that you can live a more fulfilling and authentic life.

— Sara Busick, Licensed Master of Social Work in Meridian, ID

I love using ACT in my practice. It helps clients come to terms and accept the reality of things, and how to best navigate their present.

— Eva Light, Clinical Social Worker in Ardmore, 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

Develop self-compassion and understand the patterns of living that have kept you from moving forward on your chosen path. Harness the power of your own values and the present moment to promote action in service of your core self.

— Michael Germany, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

ACT is a solutions-focused, empowering take on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that focuses on learning how to break patterns of avoidance and denial, process our feelings as they occur, and take the steps necessary to make positive changes in our lives.

— Stefani Goerlich, Sex Therapist in Royal Oak, MI