Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a form of psychotherapy that aims to help you learn not just to bear your difficulties more effectively, but also to use them to guide your actions and decisions. By learning to bring mindful awareness to everyday experiences, you gradually train your brain to deal with life's inevitable, unwanted stressors in new ways so you can be free to live fully in each moment. ACT is not about fighting your pain; it’s about developing a willingness to embrace every experience life has to offer. It’s not about resisting your emotions; it’s about feeling them completely and yet not turning your choices over to them. ACT is about making active and committed choices to live according to your values even when you feel an uncomfortable emotion or are distressed.