Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a therapeutic practice that uses acceptance and mindfulness techniques, together with commitment and behavior change strategies to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility involves being fully in the present moment and changing or adjusting behavior to allign with one's values. Participating in therapy with an ACT-trained therapist will help you discover what your values are and live a life more in tune with what you believe in. Individuals learn to accept thoughts and feelings and instead trying to get rid of them, embrace them with flexibility. People then can make commitments to live their lives in accordance to their values and accept themselves for who they are.
Local Experts in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment therapy has a cognitive component, similar to cognitive-behavioral therapy, which looks at thoughts and considers whether or not they are helpful or unhelpful to meeting clients goals. It also considers clients' most inherent values in guiding their decisions moving forward.
Couples Therapy, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy
Early in our relationship, I will often refer to ideas rooted in ACT thinking. Having an idea of what you truly value, how to be in the present moment without judgement and taking committed actions to move you toward a rich, full, meaningful life can be helpful in stabilizing and laying the groundwork for deeper level work.
Individual Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Group Therapy
ACT is one of my favorite therapies to use with clients. ACT is known to increase 'psychological flexibility' and to help clients become more fluid in life. ACT has 6 parts to it. Those six parts are acceptance, cognitive defusion, being present, self as context, values and committed action. When I work with clients using ACT, we work with each part of the model.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based model of therapy with the objective of creating psychological flexibility so that you have a greater choice of behavior choices. I have been practicing ACT since 2009. Colleagues considered me to be an ACT expert. I facilitate workshops and train coaching and counseling professionals in the core processes of ACT.
I gravitate towards Acceptance and Commitment Therapy because I specialize in working with individuals who are grieving the loss of a loved one or are coping with major life transitions, which is fertile ground for such a nuanced modality. ACT allows for a present moment acceptance of our thoughts and feelings; it urges us to identify our personal values; and then asks us to move in that direction
ACT is a powerful tool that can reduce suffering by helping you observe thoughts and feelings as they are, without trying to change them. ACT emphasizes behaving in ways consistent with goals that you value, not what others value. When people learn to accept their thoughts, rather than fight them, and live a life aligned with what they want, miraculous change can occur.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is based on improving psychological flexibility through acceptance of thoughts instead of getting rid of thoughts. Mindfulness or being in touch with the present moment also plays a big role in ACT. Diffusion or disassociation with one’s thoughts can provide some distance and possibly a different perspective.