Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
What’s Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?
ACT (pronounced as one word, act) is a treatment in the cognitive behavioral tradition that focuses on learning to more effectively manage our distress and to move towards living a more meaningful life. In ACT, we begin at looking at ways in which how we relate to painful or uncomfortable experiences may be creating more pain for us. As human beings, we possess an incredible ability to think about all sorts of things, to reflect upon and recreate the past, or to imagine the future. This remarkable ability is a double-edged sword: we may spend a lot of time thinking about what’s wrong with us, why we think we can never be better, and what should be different about our lives or our histories. Sometimes this can be helpful, but often it can create additional distress. ACT therapists strive to practice what we preach. We acknowledge that we all struggle with unhelpful ways of thinking—it’s all part of being human.
ACT has a strong and growing research base. (Click here for a webpage with information about ACT for the public.)