Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

This page contains some general information about the type of psychotherapy in which I specialize.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, pronounced as a word) is a well-supported scientific treatment of psychological problems. A community of scientists and practitioners are working together to promote and improve this promising technology. If you are interested, check out the website for the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

There are various ways of describing ACT (as well as doing it). One way of describing it is by talking about three points of emphasis. In a sense, one could say that ACT is about:

  1. learning to relate to difficult thoughts, feelings, memories, and sensations in a new and less debilitating way;
  2. developing a sense of self and a perspective that transcends the limits of one’s mind and adds a sense of freedom to one’s existence;
  3. gaining clarity and conviction about one’s self-chosen purpose in life that adds a deep sense of meaning and value to living.

Of course, there are other ways of speaking about the experience of ACT treatment. Contact me if you would like to find out more.