Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT is an action-oriented mindfulness therapy with the premise that contrary to the pervasive cultural view that pain, grief, disappointment, illness and anxiety are emotions and experiences that need to be fixed or changed, ACT views these as normal, important, and  inevitable in our lives. ACT aims to help the individual accept their painful internal experiences  and adapt to these natural experiences by developing greater psychological flexibility. 

Many times the difficult emotions have a purpose that is important to recognize, appreciate,  and learn from. Thus in ACT the therapist helps clients stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with difficult inner emotions. The view is that these emotions need to be accepted which then allows the individual to move forward in their lives and make necessary changes. ACT can be helpful with anxiety disorders,  depression, stress, chronic pain, and substance abuse disorders.

ACT can help with a variety of challenges:

Managing anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder.

Treating depression and reducing feelings of hopelessness.

Helping with chronic pain management by altering the response to pain.

Assisting in coping with stress and preventing burnout.

Improving symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Assisting in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Addressing eating disorders by promoting a healthy relationship with food and body image.

Supporting individuals with substance abuse problems in recovery.

Helping with relationship and interpersonal issues by promoting understanding and acceptance.

Aiding in the adjustment to major life changes or losses.

Enhancing psychological flexibility in various aspects of life.

Improving overall well-being and mindfulness in daily life.