Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is a newer type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that has been research for a wide variety of problems (there are over 200 randomized controlled trials). As an ACT therapist, I offer research backed, pragmatic solutions to help people build new patterns of behavior in order to reduce suffering and create a more meaningful and fulfilling life. Using ACT, I help people:
- Become aware of and overcome painful and disruptive internal experiences (e.g. self critical thoughts, anxiety, shame).
- Live more closely aligned with chosen values/ life aims
- Nurture greater awareness of the present moment
- Foster flexibility to respond to the ups and downs in life
- Cultivate compassion toward oneself and others
- Develop the courage to connect more deeply in relationships
We all have pain, unwanted thoughts, and unpleasant feelings. ACT suggests that the process of trying to rid ourselves of internal discomfort can end up leading us to feel quite “off track” and actually cause ourselves even greater suffering. When we focus our energy on getting rid of discomfort, our lives can become more and more narrow and we may lose focus on family, friends, community or whatever is important to us. In short, ACT is designed to help people move in the direction of their chosen life aims (or values) even when unpleasant bodily sensations, feelings and thoughts are present.