ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

ACT Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

When working through complex emotions and experiences, it can be helpful to approach our journey through tested theories and frameworks. One such framework is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT. ACT combines mindfulness, commitment, and behavior change approaches to help us accept what is out of our control, and instead, make positive changes that improve our lives. This therapy framework meets us exactly where we are and guides us to the “next right choice.”


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can be particularly helpful for anxiety, depression, substance abuse and addiction, and OCD.  If this theory resonates with you, it may be helpful to seek out a therapist whose practice is rooted in ACT and related behavioral therapies.

A core step in the ACT framework is identifying our values and the barriers to aligning with those values. Consider the following questions as a starting point. Take a moment to consider them and write down your answers.

  1. What do I value?

  2. What is pulling or pushing me away from my values?

  3. What action do I need to take now to step closer to my values?

  4. How do I continue to move toward my values in the future?