Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically supported treatment for: anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, PTSD, chronic pain, psychosis and treatment of substance use disorders. ACT is based on substantial scientific research and focuses on reducing human suffering. Human suffering, from an ACT perspective is seen as being stuck to an unworkable strategy of trying to not feel or think about unpleasant experiences. Signs of suffering include disconnection from who what is important to the individual, spending a disproportionate amount time trying to not think or feel, self-harm, isolation, excessive spending of money and compulsive use of drugs and alcohol. In ACT, individuals will learn how to notice when they are stuck in an ineffective strategy of avoiding their thoughts and emotions. Through mindfulness and other behavioral techniques individuals will develop effective means of becoming unstuck from their unpleasant thoughts and emotions. Individuals will identify and engage in behaviors that move them closer to who and what is uniquely important to them.
To learn more about ACT please visit the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

Providers:
Jacob Crowell
Anna Liedberg Miron