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72 E Main St. Babylon, NY | 631-546-5547

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based third-wave behavior therapy that integrates the fundamental tenets of behavioral theory while also implementing mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies.

ACT operates under the premise that the suppression of emotional pain not only perpetuates struggle but exacerbates psychological suffering. 

The focus of ACT is working to accept unchangeable internal/external experiences while learning to commit to values and goals that will foster a meaningful life.

Based on the Relational Frame Theory, ACT evaluates the way language has complicated the human experience, working to re-contextualize our relationship with our thoughts through metaphor, paradox, and experiential exercises. ACT is used to treat illnesses such as anxiety, depression, substance use, and chronic pain. 

It is a helpful modality of care for people who are struggling with ‘next steps’ or confusion regarding what they want their lives to look like. ACT is considered to be a short-moderate-length treatment.

Core Components of ACT

Acceptance: ACT teaches individuals to accept their thoughts and feelings rather than trying to control or suppress them. By acknowledging and accepting their inner experiences, individuals can learn to let go of struggles with painful emotions, allowing them to move forward with their lives. 

Find Values: ACT helps individuals identify their core values—what truly matters to them in life. By clarifying their values, individuals can align their actions and behaviors with what is most important to them, leading to a sense of purpose and fulfillment. 

Committed Action: Once values are clarified, ACT encourages individuals to take committed action toward their goals. This involves setting meaningful, achievable goals and taking consistent steps to move toward them, even in the face of challenges or discomfort. 

Non-Judgement: This aspect of ACT emphasizes the development of a perspective from which one can observe experiences without being defined by them. By recognizing the part of themselves that remains constant amidst changing thoughts and emotions, individuals can cultivate a sense of inner stability and resilience. 

Overall, ACT provides individuals with practical tools and strategies to cope with distressing thoughts and emotions while living in alignment with their values and pursuing a meaningful life. 

It's not about eliminating pain or discomfort but rather learning to navigate life's challenges with greater flexibility and psychological resilience. 

What to Expect:

  • Gain insight into what is keeping you stuck
  • Regularly utilize mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies to change the way pain functions (rather than focusing on ways to remove the pain)
  • Teach strategies to unhook from unhelpful thoughts and unhealthy experiences
  • Identify a clear and specific path to build a valued and meaningful life

Reconnect with Yourself and Find Clarity Today

Our therapists at Nobile Psychology would be honored to partner with you on your journey towards healing and discovering who you are, your values, and a path forward.