Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with your inner emotions.

Instead, accept these deeper feelings as appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from living the life they want to.

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (also known as ACT) is a mindfulness based therapy that aims to find the source of emotional suffering.

As humans, we avoid negative feelings and uncertainties as a form of emotional protection. While protecting ourselves from negativity is natural, avoiding pain and feelings all together can become even more harmful.

As negative emotions build up, it becomes more difficult to ignore them. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy helps to process these difficult emotions so that life can be lived in the present moment. Living in the present moment allows you to create more conscious choices about what is truly important to you!

What to Expect with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a common method for treating eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression, psychosis, chronic pain, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, among many others. An ACT therapist will focus on six main skills. Over the course of ACT, your therapist will work to strengthen each of these areas for optimal well-being. The six areas of focus are:

Defusion

The act of being able to step back from our thoughts instead of getting lost or “caught up” in them.

Openness

The willingness to allow emotional pain to be present without necessarily welcoming it. Openness is the alternative to avoidance.

Present moment

The mindfulness component. This does not necessarily refer to meditation but rather to noticing what you see, hear, smell, feel, and taste in the present moment.

Self as Context

The ability to see ourselves existing as independent of our struggles or stories. This skill is usually one of the hardest but most rewarding ACT processes because it teaches us how to identify ourselves as a combination of our traits and not the roles we play or the struggles we face.

Values

The things that are important to us and inform all of our choices. ACT teaches us different ways to connect to our values and take actions based on those values.

Committed Actions

are the choices we make based on the values we connect to in any situation.

Meet our therapists specializing in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

If You’re Experiencing These Symptoms, It May Be Time For Professional Help.