How does acceptance and commitment therapy work? Acceptance and commitment therapy
was originated and co-developed by Steven Hayes, Ph.D., of the University of Nevada in Reno. This therapy is founded on being open, aware, and accepting, in addition to being mindful of personal values. A person’s inner dialog can be indicative of how they treat themselves. ACT also encourages self-compassion; this can lead to a better understanding of negative thought patterns and emotional states. This understanding can then lead the individual to needed behavior change.
Does a therapist need certification to practice acceptance and commitment therapy?
There is no certification for acceptance and commitment therapy, but there are continuing education courses and advanced instruction for mental health professionals. This training combines mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral change techniques for optimal results.
What conditions are best treated with acceptance and commitment therapy?
Acceptance and commitment therapy offers promise for patients suffering from a wide range of mental and physical conditions. It is effective in treating conditions including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, substance use, stress, chronic pain, and past trauma, among others. Research in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry reported that this therapy is helpful in reducing the symptoms of anxiety.
How can I recognize a good acceptance and commitment therapist?
Social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, therapists, and other mental health professionals can receive additional instruction in acceptance and commitment therapy through workshops and training programs. A good practitioner should be able to convey how a person can stop suppressing their emotional suffering. Most important is connecting with a therapist with whom one feels comfortable.