Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based therapeutic practice that encourages clients to identify what values are personally important and to take action on those values. ACT encourages clients to accept and embrace what is out of their personal control, while developing a flexibility to alter the things they can. ACT generally applies six core principles (cognitive defusion, acceptance, contact with the present moment, observing the self, values, and committed action). Therapists practicing ACT help clients to commit to goals based on their personal values with the ultimate goal of bringing more meaning to life.

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I use both mindfulness and values interventions from ACT to help clients develop lifelong skills to live with their own brains (that are sometimes doing super unpleasant things) more effectively.

In the face of disappointment and confusion, actions can become misaligned from core values. Learning what those values are in yourself and others is one step to integrating them in such a way that you embody the things you value. What often ends up happening in that state of confidence and self-identify is characteristic of a natural flow state.

Are you ready to commit to being the person you want to be? Are you ready to leave your reservations behind on your path to becoming your authentic self? Using ACT, I can help you chart that path, combining existential techniques with proven lessons from cognitive and behavioral research.

I have training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and can help you live a life consistent with your values. We do this by establishing a vision of what you want your life to look like, identifying barriers to that life, and taking slow, comfortable steps to overcome those barriers.

Building behavior in service to your values and accepting thoughts rather than struggling with or jumping into them

I am passionate about this approach and stay connected with training and consultation groups. I get excited about supporting people to develop psychological flexibility, pursue a rich and meaningful life, disentangle from difficult thoughts and emotions, investigate what is most meaningful and fulfilling in life, and get out of their own way.

ACT is an evidence-based intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness mixed in different ways with commitment and behavior-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. The goal is not to get rid of of difficult feelings; but allow them to be present and what life throws at us in order to move toward valued behavior.

ACT is a mindfulness based method of treating anxiety and other disorders and challenges. It's empirically supported and proven to be effective.

ACT is an orientation to therapy that both raises awareness and teaches skills to increase psychological flexibility so that you may move forward in a way that brings vitality to your life. I have relied on ACT as my main modality, not only to be practiced in the room with you, but as a means to navigate my own life as well.

I often use principles of acceptance, mindfulness and values-exploration in my individual work with clients.

I use ACT to inform my work with people across various areas of concern. I help people apply the principles of connecting with their current experiences, identifying the ways in which the relationships to our emotions and thoughts impact our lives and disconnect us from our values. I then help people change the relationships they have with their emotions and thoughts and move towards their values.

Living true to your values is difficult. In ACT, we believe that when people are living inconsistently to their valued life, the develop coping methods that ultimately cause suffering. ACT focuses on addressing these challenges through mindfulness techniques.

I have participated in extensive training in ACT over the years and I have taught this approach to psychology and psychiatry trainees at both VA Portland and OHSU hospital systems. I am honored to be serving as President-Elect of the Oregon chapter of the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Sciences (OACBS), the international organization for ACT practitioners.

ACT Therapy helps to explore your unique situation, connect with it, and make a positive change in your life.

Understanding our values and learning to make choices which reflect who we want to be.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, focuses on changing our relationship to our thoughts and feelings. With ACT, I will teach you how to generate more present moment awareness, get unglued from obsessive or depressive thoughts, and engage more in value-driven activities. ACT is very successful in treating depression, anxiety, chronic pain, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and psychosis.

ACT is a powerful and highly adaptable mindfulness-based treatment which guides us in releasing unhelpful control efforts and fostering what really matters in our lives. In my experience with groups and individuals, I have found that ACT offers a particularly wise and effective way to work with our mind and emotions, and to live with heart.

I have received training in this approach for the past ten years. This is the primary therapy approach that I utilize in my practice as I find it to be highly effective in treating a variety of issues and problems.

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