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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I love using ACT because it is non-stigmatizing and non-pathologizing. Rather than trying to change or fight our feelings, we can accept them and work with ebb and flow of our emotions. ACT lends itself to structure (I have worksheets we can use in your treatment if you like!) or a more fluid, intuitive approach.

— Easin Beck, Marriage & Family Therapist in Phoenixville, PA

Develop a cohesive relationship with thoughts, emotions, actions, beliefs, to live a meaningful life based on values.

— Kelly Borich, Social Worker in Bethlehem, PA

I have taken several intensive trainings in ACT and participate in a consultation group focused on developing our skills in this model.

— Christina Hughes, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN FRANCISCO, CA

I not only practice from a Acceptance-Commitment Therapeutic stance but I also provide individual supervision in, as well as trained fellow Clinicians in the application of Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based therapy that incorporates elements of Buddhist mindfulness meditation and newer behavioral therapy techniques. Member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science -

— Francine Way, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

I recently attended an extensive training on ACT and was greatly inspired. Being a member of the ACBS keeps me connected to other ACT therapist as well as guidance in providing ACT therapies effectively and updates within the ACT model. I also engage in group consultation monthly, self reflection, and continued self education on ACT.

— Katherine Doyle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

In recognizing that it will take time to change systems in our world that oppress people, I find it important to find ways to find joy in day-to-day experiences in order to balance the suffering these systems cause. I will never ask a client to just accept their suffering therefore I practice ACT with cultural considerations and modifications, with the ultimate goal of helping my clients find joy in their life, despite the systems that are harmful.

— Luisa Bakhoum, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

I have extensive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and have found this to be one of the most beneficial therapy methods for changing behavior. I use this approach in conjunction with other treatment methods and from a Compassion-Focused lens in order to help address all mental health issues. I have found that this is one of the best evidence-based therapies to use in addressing anxiety, depression, and loss/grief.

— Joshua Manney, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Ventura, CA

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. ACT does not attempt to directly change or stop unwanted thoughts or feelings, but instead encourages people to develop a new and more welcoming relationship with those experiences. This shift can free people from difficulties attempting to control their experiences and help them become more open to actions consistent with their values.

— Kevin W. Condon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Marietta, GA

I work to determine hooks which are thoughts that affect the way a client feels. Then I work with clients to identify role of avoidance and importance of acceptance. The whole goal in therapy is to a accept things that they are not able to change and work on creating value based behaviors.

— Mariam Saibu, Licensed Professional Counselor

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is my primary treatment orientation. In ACT, my clients often work toward self-understanding and -acceptance through understanding their cognitive and emotional responses. I help clients slow their internal processes down so they can notice how, when, and why they react to the stressors in their lives the way they do. Further, from an ACT perspective, a lack of mental illness is not the only goal; instead, we work towards a life of meaning and fulfillment.

— Robert Ortega, Psychologist in Washington, DC

ACT is a powerful form of therapy that explores values, realism, challenging and changing mindsets, while also allowing us to take a step back and view the broader picture at hand. ACT will be used in session in a variety of ways and can be powerful when dealing with anxiety, loss, life transitions and growth.

— Raihaan Attawala, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Boston, MA

We experience challenging feelings for a reason. I find that ACT helps to make peace with these inner experiences and allows you to move forward in your life.

— Annie Holleman, Psychologist in Austin, TX

I utilize ACT to assist with anxiety and depression treatments.

— Kelly Broderick, Clinical Social Worker in Brockton, MA

I believe that we cannot eliminate problems in life, so we must build a new relationship with the problem and find better ways of responding to them. With the values in our lives as a constant guide, my work involves helping the client find the direction that wish to be going in and identify the obstacles to moving that direction.

— Anni Skurja, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Senoia, GA

I began training in and using ACT as a primary modality of therapy in 2006 and have taught dozens of graduate students and supervisees about ACT in the subsequent years as well. My use of ACT interventions is individualized to client readiness and needs, and I often practice mindful awareness collaboratively with clients in session. Having been in consultation groups with multiple ACT therapists for many years has helped me continue to maintain and grow in this competency area.

— Miriam Gerber, Clinical Psychologist in St. Paul, MN