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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.

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