Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

In today’s world of many distractions and stressors, it can be very easy to become wrapped up in a cycle of stress, worry, and fear of the unknown. While it can feel good in the moment to seemingly prepare for the worst by paying attention to these thoughts, it can ultimately leave us feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted. This is where Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, can come into play. 

VeryWellMind identifies acceptance as a key strategy in overcoming these negative thought patterns. This means that thoughts are not necessarily challenged or changed using this modality; instead, these negative thought patterns are accepted and recognized without judgment. Furthermore, being able to recognize thoughts as only thoughts (without appraising them as good or bad), learning how to be present in the moment (paying attention to one’s surroundings and focusing on the external environment), and figuring out one’s values are also important traits of this approach. Finally, clients must commit to applying these principles to novel situations that may arise while not in session. 

We know how difficult it can be to become attuned to our environment and allow our thoughts to wash away over time, especially in a world that is full of distraction. We look forward to helping you build this resilience and tap into your ability to be present and accept the reality that is occurring around you. This is a great first step to change, and we’re excited to be on this journey with you.

*More information can be found on VeryWellMind. Click this link to learn more.*

Glasofer, D.R. (2021, September 26). What Is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)? VeryWellMind.