ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
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ACT is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that stems from traditional CBT. ACT (pronounced act, not A-C-T) is designed to increase psychological flexibility and has been applied to a wide variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, stress, and substance abuse. Within ACT, psychological flexibility is considered to be the capacity to adapt to difficult experiences while remaining true to one's values. Benefits of psychological flexibility include better resilience, emotional tolerance, and overall well-being.
With ACT, clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these thoughts and feelings are often appropriate responses to certain situations and therefore should not be judged, feared, or controlled. Within ACT, there is a strong focus on acting in a way that is aligned with one's values. By stopping the inner struggle, clients can begin to accept their hardships while at the same time commit to making necessary changes in their actions and behavior. Clients learn to clarify their personal values and life goals, and in turn can make life-enhancing behavioral changes that are truly aligned with who they want to be and how they want to act in various situations.
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