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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Michael Ianello (he/him/his)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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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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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Teresa Zahariades, LCSW (she/her)

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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Chelsea Kellogg (she/her/hers)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A. Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

ACT is an important part of my toolkit as a therapist because it's all about learning how to make room for emotions mindfully and with deep compassion.

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Julie Sliga (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

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Nicole Falk (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

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Lisa Gascho (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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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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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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John Coyle

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Helpful for anxiety, depression, and more.

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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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Vy Pham (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an approach that uses a person’s motivating values, mindfulness, and acceptance to help them move through difficult experiences. ACT liberates us from suppressing unwanted thoughts and emotions, and instead guides us towards acceptance and then action. It accepts that suffering is part of life however does not define it. Using ACT, we will explore what brings us joy and how to move towards the life we desire for ourselves.

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Heather Lokteff

Licensed Professional Counselor

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy aims to become more cognitively flexible, more engaged in the present, take committed action steps towards change, and become more connected to your personal values. It centers around finding ways to live more intentionally in the moment and act in ways that are more helpful to yourself.

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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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Laura Wood (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LMHC, LPC, SUDP

I have formal ACT training. I utilize this modality in order to help clients identify their values and help them better align their actions with these values.

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Rebecca Youssef (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

PsyD

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Alma Hadzidedic (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I completed multiple extensive training in ACT.

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Samantha Auclair (She/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, Professional Counselor Associate, CRC

ACT is an action-oriented approach that stems from CBT, but can be quite different than traditional CBT in practice. In a nutshell, it involves learning how to diffuse your thoughts, choosing to "lean in" to your emotions, identifying what is important to you (i.e., your values), and acting in commitment with your values.

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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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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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Rebecca Garetz (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC, 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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Paige Cameron (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC C6978

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Lisette Heidtke (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

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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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Auburn Beebe (she/her)

Qualified Mental Health Professional

MA

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Alissa Holmes (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I have undergone multiple trainings in ACT, which incorporates many principles of CBT as well as mindfulness-based techniques. In ACT, we use acceptance and mindfulness techniques in combination with behavioral changes to help you live a meaningful life based on your personal values. ACT skills are designed to increase your psychological flexibility - meaning you become better able to deal with change while living fully in the present moment.

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MIKKI Jordan

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Lesley Smith (she/they)

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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Neil Panchmatia (he/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, NCC, Licensed Professional Counselor

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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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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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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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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Trey Harrison (he/his/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA 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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Lindsey Gavens (she/her)

Clinical Social Work Associate

I've been trained in utilizing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the context of a cancer diagnosis.

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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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Chris Scheiff (he/him/his)

Professional Counselor Associate

Professional Counselor Associate, 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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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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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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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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Julie Lucisano (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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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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