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.

Local Experts in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

I have trained with Steven Hayes, Ph.D, the co-creator of ACT, attended ACT bootcamps and continue self-study daily with ACT principles.

I have training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, primarily through Portland Psychotherapy here in town. ACT blends well with my mindfulness and meditation background and offers important behavioral, values-based, and relationship interventions to help you reclaim wellness and adaptability in your life.

ACT helps us learn what is important to you by clarifying your values. We use your values to take committed action that helps you experience more satisfaction in life. We get acquainted with your ways coping and the impact these have on your life without judgment. In this process you develop the psychological flexibility that will help you become more resilient and confident in you life.

You know that thing you don\'t want to do or think about? Avoiding it may work in the short term, but it only makes things worse. ACT helps to remove those barriers, identify the kind of life you want, and person you want to be. I have attended intensive workshops in ACT, but also am drawn to the fact that it does not pathologize people.

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

I discovered ACT as a treatment modality when I worked exclusively in an eating disorder clinic. The interventions and strategies resonated with me and I have since spent time getting trained to use ACT with individuals who are experiencing distress due to many different mental health conditions.

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

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.

ACT has tremendous power to help people avoid getting wrapped up in thoughts and feelings that do nothing but keep a person stuck in nonproductive living. Learn how to engage what matters and disengage from what doesn\'t using the skills and insights of ACT.

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

ACT is an acceptance based model created by Steven Hayes that teaches about the importance of living in accordance with values and accepting what we cannot change. As a client participating in ACT therapy, you would be expected to identify values, discuss barriers that prevent living in accordance with values, practice acceptance of things outside of your control, and make lifestyle changes.

Stop fighting to change your thoughts and feelings. Rather, forge a new relationship with your thoughts and feelings.

I have advanced training in ACT from my pre-doctoral internship. ACT offers a valuable path toward tuning into your feelings, thoughts, and goals. It offers a unique perspective in ways that often help clients decrease suffering and increase meaning in their lives.

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.

Have you tried to get rid of your pain, whether it be physical or emotional? Are you still stuck with this pain despite many attempts to escape it? If so, ACT may be just what you need. ACT is not about getting rid of our thoughts, feelings, or sensations, but instead relating to them in a way that no longer precludes us from living a life consistent with our values.

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.

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.

Helpful for anxiety, depression, and more.

I have completed multiple trainings on ACT and have been applying related skills and principles for over a decade of practice.

ACT is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that works by changing how people relate to their thoughts, in turn affecting feelings and behaviors. Goals include advancing emotional flexibility and minimizing negative associations. ACT also has a strong mindfulness component that promotes tolerance of the present moment versus avoidance/perseveration, setting the stage for transformative growth.

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 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.

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.

We have an ongoing group dedicated to this approach.

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.

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

I use tenets of ACT in my work as it holistically encapsulates the essence of true healing: learning skills while being holistically congruent with oneself.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) teaches mindfulness skills to help individuals live and behave in ways consistent with personal values while developing psychological flexibility. Acceptance of things as they come, without evaluating or attempting to change them, is a skill developed through mindfulness exercises in and out of session.

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 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.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an intervention that puts the focus of treatment on acceptance of thoughts, feelings, and emotions. It also focuses on values guided action which means actions that are based on the things that bring value and meaning to our lives. The way I often conceptualize ACT is the Serenity Prayer in action.

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