It can be frustrating to run up against one’s own limitations. Accepting the fact that there are certain obstacles in one’s life that are immutable and that emotions and feelings should be recognized as they are core components in living a healthy and fulfilling life. This concept is central to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT, in which feelings are acknowledged and accepted instead of avoided or dismissed.
Grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy works to reframe how clients think about their emotional challenges and situational hardships. In talking about and processing one’s challenges, clients are encouraged to think more critically if their predicaments can be changed or must be accepted for what it is. And, if they must be accepted, clients are challenged to think about the behavioral changes they can make to improve their situation and overcome their personal barriers. This action-oriented approach to therapy helps clients to build self-awareness and use their own values to guide their response to stressors and challenging relationships.
Rather than engaging in counterproductive and destructive psychological tendencies, such as suppressing and denying feelings, ACT is centered on empowering clients to commit to changing behaviors, acceptance feelings as valid and finding new avenues for problem-solving.
Several importance acceptance tools include allowing yourself to not be good at everything and realizing that you have the power to control how you react and think—even when external factors do not change. Evidence suggests that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is especially effective for clients who struggle with anxiety disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depressive episodes, relationship and workplace stress and substance abuse.
In asking clients what their true values are, the direction they’d like to take their life and the core strengths they value, clients at Resilience Treatment Center are encouraged to begin their self-transformation by challenging their unproductive patterns of thinking and acting to modify their behaviors accordingly. At Resilience Treatment Center, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an important component of programming that is integrated alongside traditional CBT and DBT (among other modalities), to maximize the therapeutic gains clients make in program and sustain those gains to build a lifetime emotional resiliency. In working with one’s primary therapist and family therapist, a Resilience client is expected to challenge their unproductive patterns of thought, acceptance one’s emotions and act to reshape one’s mentality and behaviors.