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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Erin Durst, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Rebecca Flatt

Clinical Social Work Associate

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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Chelsea Kellogg (she/her/hers)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A. Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a mindfulness based model that helps people strengthen their psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility happens when we connect with the present moment and act in ways that are consistent with our values. It allows us to nagivate the slings and arrows of life and relationships with more ease, calm, competence, compassion, and self-assurance.

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Darin Bergen (he/him)

Clinical Psychologist

PsyD

My background in ACT shows up when I help people connect with what they value most and how to live those values in their daily life. I have participated in extensive training in ACT over the years. I am a past President of the Oregon chapter of the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Sciences (OACBS), the international organization for ACT practitioners.

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Dr. Chandra Mundon (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Psy.D.

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Bob Kleinjan (he/him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an orientation rooted in mindfulness and exploring personal values to help guide you to a more enjoyable and meaningful life. I have many years of experience using ACT for a variety of issues including healing trauma, mood imbalances, anxiety, chronic pain, and personal growth. ACT can be highly personalized and focuses on "action" you can take to feel better and live your life in ways that bring fulfillment, meaning, and peace.

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Megan Bucknum (She/Her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW CADC I

ACT is an engaging form of therapy that includes processing/reflection, learning skills, practicing skills both inside and outside of sessions, and clarifying what matters to you. If you find you have tried everything to stop painful thoughts or feelings, but the struggle continues, this may be a helpful approach. I hope you leave our sessions with a plan of action— something you can take with you and do between sessions that will make a positive difference.

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Cory Anton

Licensed Professional Counselor

Acceptance of the unknown can be daunting and overwhelming, but ultimately leads to freedom and relief. ACT is often a very helpful adjunct to ERP and CBT when treating OCD and anxiety.

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John Coyle

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Helpful for anxiety, depression, and more.

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Michael Ianello (he/him/his)

Professional Counselor Associate

ACT has two basic principles for therapist and client to follow. One, accept that we have unwelcome thoughts sometimes and that these thoughts are out of our control. Two, commit to a life which is focused on core values defined by you. In other words, "Embrace your imperfections and learn how to trust that you know what's best."

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Aimee Polzin

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Teresa Zahariades, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

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Michael Running (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, LPC Intern, NCC

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.

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Lauren Saville (She/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

C5949

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Cayla Panitz (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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.

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Gabe Fields

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Paige Cameron (She/Her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA LPC Intern

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Katie Playfair, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC (OR and Tx) LMHC (WA)

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.

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Sam Wilson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, LCSW-C

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.

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Lesley Smith (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

This is the primary modality I use. I took a course on ACT during my Master's program and an intensive training on 2018. I attend a monthly ACT consult group and continue to access books and other resources on ACT.

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Julio Iñiguez (he/him)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT, CGACII, CADCI

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 and integrity in your 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, and help you gain clarity in what's important to you and how to go after it.

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Neil Panchmatia (he/they)

Professional Counselor

MS, NCC, Professional Counselor Associate

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.

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Bina Benight (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, LPCI, NCC

Self-acceptance and mindfulness are key tenants of acceptance and commitment therapy. Once we accept ourselves as we are, and how hard our bodies and mind are working to protect us, then we can gently acknowledge and release coping strategies that are no longer serving us.

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Katie Clark, LMHC, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

NCC

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

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Alma Hadzidedic (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I completed multiple extensive training in ACT.

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Kari Hays, M.R.C., M.A.

Professional Counselor Associate

Master Class training with Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC

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Sarah Eckstein (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Ph.D., M.S.

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.

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Jason Durtschi

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

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Sofia Jasani (she/her/hers)

Professional Counselor Associate

LPC Intern, NCC

Wellness naturally arises when we experience empathy, acceptance, curiosity, and hope in relationships. I aim to bring these qualities to our therapeutic relationship, and support you in creating this kind of relationship with the important people in your life. Together we will explore your thoughts, feelings, experiences, & identities and integrate mindfulness skills into our sessions so you feel free to live a meaningful life aligned with your values and inner wisdom.

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Jane Plagge (she/her/hers)

Clinical Psychologist

Psy.D.

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.

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Elise Himes

Professional Counselor Associate

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.

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Wes Harris (he, his, him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC I

I have expertise in ACT and have spent a lot of time in ACT consultation groups and taking advanced trainings. I am passionate about this approach and working with clients who are open to learning more or putting their experiences with ACT into practice.

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Icahn Saelao, M.S., QMHP

Professional Counselor Associate

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.

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Samantha Auclair (She/her/hers)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, CRC, NCC, LPC Intern, LMHCA

ACT is an action-oriented approach that involves identifying your core values and living a life that aligns with those values. The goal in ACT is not to feel better, but rather to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, sitting with unpleasant thoughts and emotions instead of trying to get rid of them. While not the goal of this therapy, ACT often does lead to a decrease in symptoms. This theory incorporates acceptance, committed action, and mindfulness.

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Majken Elek, MA

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Jennifer Gray (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

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Maxine Burton

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have been trained utilizing this approach. 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 an approach that provides people with the skills and knowledge needed to maximize their strengths, cope with the vicissitudes of life, and find meaning and purpose in their lives.

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Jill Corvelli (she/her)

Professional Counselor

PhD LPC

ACT combines mindfulness, behavior activation and your life being guided by your own personal values. Its benefits have been researched widely with multiple types of client presentations.

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Chris Scheiff (he/him/his)

Professional Counselor Associate

LPC Intern, NCC, CRC

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.

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Rebecca Garetz (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC Associate, LMHCA, CYT

I use ACT to practice bringing distance to our thoughts so that we can implement compassion and acceptance practices that align with our values in our daily lives.

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Jennifer Jim (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS.Ed, LPC

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Amanda Roberson (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Josh Clark, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

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.

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Sarah Shaw Glidden

Professional Counselor Associate

QMHP-R, LMT, Associate

Much of my education was focused on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is an evidence-based therapy therapy that focuses on living in-line with one's personal values, accepting, and coping with hardships or challenges in life. Identifying and learning to live within one's values may include adopting new ways of thinking or behaving, discussing troubling content, and facing difficult challenges or fears.

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