What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

ACT (pronounced as one word, act) is a treatment in the cognitive behavioral tradition that focuses on learning to more effectively manage our distress and to move towards living a more meaningful life. In ACT, we begin at looking at ways in which how we relate to painful or uncomfortable experiences may be creating more pain for us. As human beings, we possess an incredible ability to think about all sorts of things, to reflect upon and recreate the past, or to imagine the future. This remarkable ability is a double-edged sword: we may spend a lot of time thinking about what’s wrong with us, why we think we can never be better, and what should be different about our lives or our histories. We can re-experience painful or shameful memories in any moment.  In ACT, we practice contacting and moving towards what’s important to us while learning ways to deal with what gets in our way–especially uncomfortable thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations.

ACT has a strong and growing research base. Click here for more information about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

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