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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

Stemming from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, ACT is an action-centered therapeutic approach that seeks to grow psychological flexibility and emotional openness.

How does Acceptance and Commitment Therapy help?

ACT believes that controlling painful emotions is counterproductive, with suppression of these feelings leading to more distress. Clients learn that vulnerable and uncomfortable emotions are not to be avoided or denied. These feelings are adaptive responses to situations and should be accepted and experienced in the present with mindful awareness. Clients set goals based on their values and commit to making necessary changes in their lives, regardless of their emotional responses.

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