Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of mindfulness based therapy, theorizing that greater well-being can be attained by overcoming negative thoughts and feelings.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy focuses on 3 areas:

Accept your reactions and be present
Choose a valued direction
Take action

Insight from the American Psychological Association Video Education Series

In Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dr. Steven C. Hayes illustrates this empirically supported intervention. The goal of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is to increase psychological flexibility, or the ability to enter the present moment more fully and either change or persist in behavior when doing so serves valued ends. Therapists and clients work to establish psychological flexibility through six core ACT processes, including acceptance, the opposite of experiential avoidance; cognitive defusion, in which negative thoughts are observed mindfully instead of avoided or reasoned away; chosen values; and committed action.

Mindfulness and Mental Health

At The Juniper Center we have long understood the connection between mental and physical health, and how mental health issues manifest in our physical bodies. Please also ask about our mindful meditation and other approaches to ongoing centering and calm in our lives.

Please contact The Juniper Center to find out more and schedule an appointment.