Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
God, grant me the serenity the accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
-Serenity Prayer, by Reinhold Niebuhr
There are many things in our lives that are out of our control—diagnosis of a chronic condition, death of a loved one, getting fired, etc. Yet, in an attempt to control the situation, we might try everything in our power to resist the situation. It’s like being in a tug-of-war with this uncontrollable thing; so much of your energy is being directed toward it that you miss out on everything around you and you create more suffering.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an integrative treatment informed by both mindfulness and CBT. ACT teaches you to drop the tug-of-war rope with the things that are out of your control and focus on the things that are within your control. By dropping the rope, you will have more space and energy to direct towards the things that are important to you. ACT is an evidence-based treatment that has been shown to be effective for a wide-range of issues, including depression, anxiety, and coping with a chronic illness. Acceptance is not something you just check-off a list, but a process that I will help guide and support you through. I will then work with you to identify what is important to you and to take tangible steps towards living authentically.