What is Acceptance & Commitment Therapy?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) helps individuals explore painful emotions or overthinking that may be interfering with the ability to live their lives with purpose and intention. ACT can help people live more in line with their values and in a way that feels natural and fulfilling.
Why Acceptance & Commitment Therapy?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness to increase an individuals ability to engage in positive behaviors while experiencing difficult thoughts, emotions, or sensations. ACT has been shown to increase helpful action and alleviate psychological distress for individuals with a broad range of mental health issues.
While everyone has thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, resistance often gets in the way. An Acceptance & Commitment Therapy approach to treatment simply takes a look at an individual’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors and seeks to move toward acceptance versus resistance. Entering therapy can be intimidating, especially when you don’t know what to expect. The transparency and ease of understanding associated with Acceptance & Commitment Therapy can help calm any uncertainties.
This may just be a personal preference of ours, but we value practicality. At its core ACT is a behavioral theory, and it’s about taking action. Treatment focuses on an individual’s values and using them to guide, motivate and inspire.
ACT is not just for treating mental illness. Most of the distress and dysfunction people experience is the result of ineffectively utilized mental and behavioral responses to their environment. Because thoughts, emotions, and behaviors underlie all human conscious experience, ACT can be useful in a wide-range of human pursuits including improving physical health, career advancement, and even spirituality.
We believe in the adage, “It is a therapist’s goal to work themselves out of a job.” At Mindly, we understand that the reason why people come to therapy is because they are looking for help in escaping some sort of distress. We want to help you feel better as soon as possible while also setting you up for long-term success.
At Mindly, we strive to assist individuals to overcome specific obstacles that may be in their self-defined path towards whatever larger end they choose to pursue. Why? Self-actualization is life-long process, whereas therapy shouldn’t have to be. ACT works to address the tendency of individuals to view themselves as damaged or flawed and aims to help them realize the fullness and vitality of life.