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)

Lindsay Melka

Individual Therapy

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.

Thad Frye

Individual Therapy

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

Carrie McCrudden

Individual Therapy

Learning the concept of psychological flexibility is critical to riding the inevitable waves of life. ACT teaches you how acknowledge the reality you have, while encouraging you to create the life you really want.

Chloe Koeffler

Individual Therapy

I have received in depth training in ACT including attending workshops lead by ACT founders, Steve Hayes and Kelly Wilson. I have used ACT interventions with folks coping with many different stressors and hoping to enhance their lives by identifying their most important values and making choices consistent with these values. I am a member of ACBS and am involved in the ACT professional community.

Jacqueline Cohen

Couples Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy helps clients begin to lean into an internal experience in a present moment and shift the meaning of experience, therefore making room for resilience.

Angela Dotzenrod

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.

Julie Reichenberger

Individual Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy

The core of ACT is getting in touch with you, your values, and living the life you want. ACT has been an integral part of my life and I have experienced the positive impact it has on others, over and over. When we live life according to our desires, we feel happier, have better relationships and get stuff done.

Shawn Brndiar

Individual Therapy, Couples 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.

Brionna Murray

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Couples Therapy, Individual Therapy

ACT is a form of behavioral therapy that combines mindfulness skills while promoting self-acceptance. It encourages the client to embrace thoughts and feelings instead of fighting them or feeling guilty for having them. ACT is supported to treat concerns such as anxiety, depression, addictions and substance abuse.

Kelly Wiepking

Individual Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy looks at helping you be mindful of all emotions with out judgement in order to increase psychological flexibility.

Carly Boeselt

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Couples Therapy, Individual Therapy

I like to use metaphors to help clients find deeper understandings into their life situations. I also value the concepts of mindfulness, challenging our thinking, and living an authentic life by means of valued action (behaving in ways that line up with what matters to us most in life).

Stacey Arnett

Individual Therapy

I have received Advanced Training in ACT. And I am committed to continue to develop my skills in this research and evidenced-based approach to help my clients develop the psychological flexibility necessary to live a more meaningful life..

Erica Faulhaber

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.

Joanna Ford

Individual Therapy

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.

Brenda Bomgardner

Individual Therapy

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.

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