Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness skills and values to help clients build rich and meaningful lives. I help clients learn to make space for unwanted thoughts, feelings, private experiences and memories in order to develop psychological flexibility. The understanding is that these, as well as happy moments, will move through us, if we let them.
Mindfulness is a big part of acceptance and commitment therapy. When you’re present, you’re more engaged and able to notice the thoughts that are creating discord in your life. In acceptance and commitment therapy, it’s first about noticing our surroundings and noticing ourselves in our surroundings. Then we work on learning how to accept the world we live in, in a way that allows us to not have it affect us so negatively.