Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on helping individuals live with their medical diagnoses in more meaningful ways. It encourages people to accept their current reality while committing to taking action to make positive changes for the future.
ACT combines acceptance, mindfulness, cognitive and behavior therapies as well as values-based goal setting for patients looking for psychologists who specialize in this approach. This therapeutic approach helps people gain insight into how they think, feel, behave and relate to others so they can identify patterns in their lives that don’t serve them or aren’t helpful for managing their medical diagnosis. Through this process of self-exploration, along with guidance from a psychologist skilled in ACT, patients can learn how to respond to their thoughts and feelings in more empowering, compassionate ways. This can help them move forward with purpose, even when faced with difficult medical challenges. Ultimately, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is designed to provide patients with the tools they need for developing greater well-being in spite of their medical diagnosis.