What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

Guilt, self-doubt and a lack of confidence can sometimes keep us from living the full life we deserve. Sometimes, these challenges can prevent clients from enjoying life, or from seeking the help they know they deserve. 

Pyramid Family Behavioral Healthcare regularly leverages acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help clients overcome these thought patterns. ACT helps clients recover confidence and realign values, to restore a path toward recovery.

A derivative of Relational Frame Theory, ACT helps our clients reduce their avoidance or unpleasant or uncomfortable thoughts or feelings.

Which clients benefit from ACT?

Clients don’t need a life-altering reason to start acceptance and commitment therapy. If you, or someone you love, could benefit from therapy that helps you accept life’s uncomfortable thoughts and moments, ACT is the answer.

Through acceptance and commitment therapy, Pyramid Family Behavioral Healthcare regularly helps clients address many of the following challenges:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma
  • Behavioral health concerns
  • Body issues
  • Relationship problems

With the right help, and a blend of acceptance and commitment therapy with other valuable types of treatment, clients make definitive strides toward embracing life as it is — even if it can be uncomfortable.

hat does acceptance and commitment therapy do for clients?

Some clients are understandably hesitant to try ACT. Even if they’ve participated in any form of counseling or therapy before, it’s normal for clients to feel unsure about the challenges they face.

ACT works by directly challenging a client’s avoidance of certain stressors, negative thoughts or unpleasant feelings. We recommend giving ACT a try if you, or someone you love, want to:

  • Stop the cycle of avoidance that has led to guilt, shame, anxiety, depression or other negative consequences;
  • Learn to accept yourself for who you are, including your thoughts and feelings
  • Learn to embrace and appreciate the present moment
  • Appropriately cope with the life events you cannot change
  • Make changes to the items in your life under your control
  • Better tolerate uncomfortable feelings

Ultimately, acceptance and commitment therapy helps you pursue a satisfying, fulfilling life — no matter the challenges you might currently face.