Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) allows for an active approach to psychotherapy that started from traditional behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. With ACT, patients will learn how to stop avoiding emotions that are built up inside them and learn to tackle their strong feelings so that they can push forward in life. Once patients start acknowledging problems and difficulties they experience, they can begin to make the appropriate changes to their lives and learn to notice how they feel in various situations.

When is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Used?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has been successfully used to help with treating the following; workplace stress, test anxiety, social anxiety disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and psychosis. ACT has also been beneficial in helping to treat a variety of medical conditions such as chronic pain, substance abuse, and diabetes.

What Can You Expect from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

When working with one of our therapists, one will gain an understanding of how they talk to themselves about various issues from problems in relationships with people in their life to disturbing events that have occurred. Patients will also learn if they should react to certain situations or if it’s best to just sit tight and let certain things pass over. Our therapists will discuss and evaluate past situations to see what worked for their patients and how to deal with future situations in a more suitable way. Therapists will take a look back at how a patient has reacted to various situations and see what worked best and what didn’t so as to not repeat those same patterns in the future. Rather than having to live in a negative environment or be afraid of confrontation, the goal is for patients to be positive and go through life feeling confident.

How Does Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Work?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can be unsuccessful and at times hopeless when trying to get hold of emotions that could be painful because they were crushed, leading to more suffering. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy embraces that there are other substitutes in trying to change the way in which one thinks. Some of these alternative ways of thinking include being mindful of one’s behavior, being attentive to personal values, and following through with certain actions. Once a patient learns to acknowledge their behavior and take an initiative to analyze their behavior patterns and learn from them, they will soon see a change in themselves.