Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of therapy that encourages a person to embrace thoughts and feelings rather than struggle with them or feel ashamed about them. ACT helps create a rich and meaningful life, while also accepting the pain that can accompany it.
ACT is unique in that it does not hold symptom reduction as the ultimate goal. When working with the ACT framework, the aim is to transform the relationship with difficult thoughts and feelings, so that they are no longer perceived as “symptoms.” Instead, we can view them as harmless (and possibly uncomfortable) passing experiences.
ACT helps by developing psychological flexibility. It is a form of behavioral therapy that combines mindfulness skills with the practice of self-acceptance. When aiming to be more accepting of thoughts and feelings, a person’s commitment plays a key role. With ACT, an individual can commit to facing a problem head-on rather than avoiding it. By committing to actions that help facilitate an experience, virtually any challenge can be embraced.
ACT is effective for a wide range of psychological disorders. It’s also effective as a life-affirming and inspirational perspective of self-determination.
How do you know if Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is right for you?
Let’s talk. At The Magnolia Institute, we will work together to see if Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is the right approach for you moving forward.
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