ACT Therapy: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

At the Counseling Center of Maryland® (CCM), we are dedicated to helping you navigate life’s challenges, and one of our key approaches is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is a unique and effective form of psychotherapy that helps you accept your thoughts and feelings while committing to actions that align with your core values. This approach is designed to support you in leading a more meaningful and fulfilling life, even when you face challenges.

ACT encourages you to embrace your thoughts and feelings rather than fight against them or feel guilty about them. By developing psychological flexibility, you learn to stay present and engaged during tough times, responding to challenges with greater resilience and adaptability. Our skilled ACT therapists at CCM guide you through this process, helping you gain self-awareness and to accept your experiences without judgment.

The ACT approach is structured around six core principles:

Acceptance: Embracing thoughts and feelings without trying to change them.

Cognitive Defusion: Learning to see thoughts as just thoughts, not as absolute truths.

Being Present: Staying focused on the here and now rather than getting lost in past regrets or future worries.

Self-as-Context: Developing a sense of self that is consistent over time, despite changing thoughts and experiences.

Values: Identifying what is truly important to you in life.

Committed Action: Taking concrete steps to live according to your values, even when it’s difficult.

These ACT principles will help you identify and commit to actions that align with your core values, leading to a richer and more authentic life. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, depression, or other emotional challenges, ACT can be a powerful tool in your healing journey. It not only helps you cope with symptoms but also fosters personal growth and self-improvement.

Join us at CCM and take the first step towards a healthier, more fulfilling life with the support of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Discover how embracing your thoughts and feelings, and committing to values-based actions, can lead to lasting positive changes and emotional well-being.