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WHAT IS ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a substantial research base demonstrating effectiveness for a wide range of mental health concerns. In ACT, we assist you in developing new behaviors that can help you to reduce suffering and develop purposeful lives. ACT is particularly helpful in addressing things like shame, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Strategies that assist in this process include cultivating flexibility in thinking and identifying your unique core values. ACT also teaches mindfulness and compassion. In these ways, ACT assists individuals in coping, and thriving, in the presence of discomfort, versus desperately fighting against it (and suffering even more as a result!). The goal is to ​help you move towards your chosen goals and align with your values, so that you can live a life full of meaning. 

WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT,
refers to a variety of treatments that focuses on the interaction of thoughts/beliefs, feelings and behaviors. CBT assists individuals in clarifying that not all thoughts are true or adaptive. This treatment approach is collaborative in that the therapist and client work together to learn how your thoughts, feelings and behaviors are related to each other. From there, we can develop healthier responses and ways of thinking. This treatment focuses both on reducing negative thinking and on developing behaviors that help you to problem solve, tolerate distress, and gain mastery of your life.

 

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