Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a growing area in psychotherapy.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gets its name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life (

ACT uses a variety of skills, metaphors and exercises to aid in reframing and understanding what is important to you so you’re able to act in alignment with your values. If we know we are moving toward something that is important to us, it makes it easier to work through resistance, fear or other difficulties that are bound to pop up. Oftentimes, we are trying to “get rid of” certain thoughts/feelings, ACT encourages us to accept these thoughts/feelings. By allowing these thoughts/feelings to exist, it gives them permission to move through with a bit more ease, instead of sticking around for a long time.

If you’re interested in learning more about this modality, we have a few therapists at our clinic who are trained in ACT: Meredith Henry, Melissa Heiney, Kim Medford, Angela Gionet, and Jo-Anne Burt.