Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) developed by Steven Hayes is considered a 3rd Wave of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), taking what works well from the past and marrying it with a new understanding of why we feel the way we do beyond just our thoughts.

ACT values the context from which thoughts arise and takes into account our own personal values. It also focuses on learning coping skills to accept these thoughts and behaviors for what they are (e.g., things others placed on us or ways we are trying to cope, even if it's not working well) while simultaneously deciding that we want better for ourselves. Utilizing mindfulness, metacognitions, and insights into who we are, ACT helps us make decisions and appreciate the present moment rather than be overwhelmed by it.