Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapists in Oakland, CA

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Jessica Alder
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94612  (Online Only)
We all want to feel seen, heard, accepted and affirmed. I support people who are in transition, who are working to define their relationships more clearly, and people who are struggling with issues of identity and sexuality, with a particular focus on polyamory and consensual non-monogamy. I believe we can dismantle behavior and reactions that no longer serve us through self-reflection and challenging entrenched habitual communication. I use narrative techniques, emotionally-focused strategies, and parts work to build acceptance, compassion, and presence in oneself.
We all want to feel seen, heard, accepted and affirmed. I support people who are in transition, who are working to define their relationships more clearly, and people who are struggling with issues of identity and sexuality, with a particular focus on polyamory and consensual non-monogamy. I believe we can dismantle behavior and reactions that no longer serve us through self-reflection and challenging entrenched habitual communication. I use narrative techniques, emotionally-focused strategies, and parts work to build acceptance, compassion, and presence in oneself.
(415) 878-6946 View (415) 878-6946
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Chris Stach
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PPS, MA
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
I specialize in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
The challenges of growing up in today's rapidly changing society are enormous. Children and adolescents need to be equipped with skills for survival and growth that were never before imagined. Some of the more common issues I help my young clients with include anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide ideation, perfectionism, self confidence, challenging peer relationships, social anxiety and difficult family dynamics. I also work with parents offering them guidance and support.
I specialize in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
The challenges of growing up in today's rapidly changing society are enormous. Children and adolescents need to be equipped with skills for survival and growth that were never before imagined. Some of the more common issues I help my young clients with include anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide ideation, perfectionism, self confidence, challenging peer relationships, social anxiety and difficult family dynamics. I also work with parents offering them guidance and support.
(510) 345-1726 View (510) 345-1726
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Patrick Ford
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
My primary background is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
I use evidence-based therapies to help kids, adults, and couples overcome challenges like anxiety, depression, life transitions, and relational stress. I work collaboratively, focus on strengths, and engage as my genuine self. My clients of all ages tell me that they feel like they're talking to an actual human, not a stereotype of a therapist. I believe in everybody's capacity to grow and move past whatever's holding them back, given the right support.
My primary background is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
I use evidence-based therapies to help kids, adults, and couples overcome challenges like anxiety, depression, life transitions, and relational stress. I work collaboratively, focus on strengths, and engage as my genuine self. My clients of all ages tell me that they feel like they're talking to an actual human, not a stereotype of a therapist. I believe in everybody's capacity to grow and move past whatever's holding them back, given the right support.
(510) 405-0625 View (510) 405-0625
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Annaliese Taylor
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609
I am passionate about helping couples and individuals uncover the source of their emotional suffering and identify new strategies for adjusting to painful life events. I am concerned with the way our significant relationships, both early-on and in adulthood, impact how we experience the present. I collaborate with couples to identify unmet attachment needs driving disconnection in relationships and facilitate expression of these needs so partners can reconnect and feel secure in their relationships. My work with individuals promotes self-acceptance and value-driven action.
I am passionate about helping couples and individuals uncover the source of their emotional suffering and identify new strategies for adjusting to painful life events. I am concerned with the way our significant relationships, both early-on and in adulthood, impact how we experience the present. I collaborate with couples to identify unmet attachment needs driving disconnection in relationships and facilitate expression of these needs so partners can reconnect and feel secure in their relationships. My work with individuals promotes self-acceptance and value-driven action.
(628) 232-3889 View (628) 232-3889
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Nina Hausman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94606  (Online Only)
The approaches I utilize include: Brainspotting, CBT, DBT, Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy, Somatica Sex and Relationship coaching, Gottman couples therapy, RODBT (Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy), Acceptance and Commitment therapy and Emotion Focused therapy.
Are you feeling stuck in life? Maybe you’re struggling with relationship challenges, past traumas or work stress? Is shame, anxiety, anger or numbness affecting your ability to be happy? Maybe you’re wondering how your substance use, or that of a loved one, is related to any of this? I’d like to offer you a non-judgmental space to explore behaviors, beliefs and feelings that keep you from living the life you want to live. You are not broken and I would be honored to help you reconnect to the innate wisdom and power of your authentic self. My style is real, warm and respectful of your choices, whatever they may be.
The approaches I utilize include: Brainspotting, CBT, DBT, Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy, Somatica Sex and Relationship coaching, Gottman couples therapy, RODBT (Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy), Acceptance and Commitment therapy and Emotion Focused therapy.
Are you feeling stuck in life? Maybe you’re struggling with relationship challenges, past traumas or work stress? Is shame, anxiety, anger or numbness affecting your ability to be happy? Maybe you’re wondering how your substance use, or that of a loved one, is related to any of this? I’d like to offer you a non-judgmental space to explore behaviors, beliefs and feelings that keep you from living the life you want to live. You are not broken and I would be honored to help you reconnect to the innate wisdom and power of your authentic self. My style is real, warm and respectful of your choices, whatever they may be.
(510) 405-0628 View (510) 405-0628
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Cameron Murphey
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94607
I specialize in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
“The best things in life are on the other side of fear.” You or your teen struggle with anxiety, OCD, or trauma. You spend hours worrying and feeling anxious. You feel tense and you're in a ton of pain. You’ve tried all kinds of ways to get rid of the problem - relaxation, meditation, etc. - and nothing has worked. You’re confused, frustrated, and nearly hopeless. You don’t understand why this is happening, how to make it go away, or even what to do next.
I specialize in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
“The best things in life are on the other side of fear.” You or your teen struggle with anxiety, OCD, or trauma. You spend hours worrying and feeling anxious. You feel tense and you're in a ton of pain. You’ve tried all kinds of ways to get rid of the problem - relaxation, meditation, etc. - and nothing has worked. You’re confused, frustrated, and nearly hopeless. You don’t understand why this is happening, how to make it go away, or even what to do next.
(510) 216-1751 View (510) 216-1751
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Daphne Ng
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
I've received specialized training for treating anxiety and OCD with ERP and ACT models.
Sometimes, we get stuck in patterns that might have been helpful at some point in our lives but are not so helpful to us now. These patterns show up in the ways we respond in our relationships, in work/school, to challenges, and to ourselves. We’ll approach therapy as collaborators to build up your skills and strengths to get you unstuck. In our work together, we'll gently explore the past, so we can create an action plan for a different future. We'll recontextualize what no longer serves you and make space for your curious, creative self to emerge.
I've received specialized training for treating anxiety and OCD with ERP and ACT models.
Sometimes, we get stuck in patterns that might have been helpful at some point in our lives but are not so helpful to us now. These patterns show up in the ways we respond in our relationships, in work/school, to challenges, and to ourselves. We’ll approach therapy as collaborators to build up your skills and strengths to get you unstuck. In our work together, we'll gently explore the past, so we can create an action plan for a different future. We'll recontextualize what no longer serves you and make space for your curious, creative self to emerge.
(415) 917-2947 View (415) 917-2947
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Karen Lau
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94612  (Online Only)
My practice and training include CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, and other trauma-informed interventions such as IFS, EMDR, and CPT.
Clients come to me due to anxiety, grief and trauma related concerns while facing stressors and life transitions. Life is difficult when you have mental health struggles due to problems related to health, family, marriage, dating, and/or work. It affects self confidence. You may be also be navigating the impact of immigration, cultural background, and inter-generational challenges that are confusing your identity development and your worldview. As an Asian therapist, I not only have familiarity but I am culturally affirming for APIDA individuals.
My practice and training include CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, and other trauma-informed interventions such as IFS, EMDR, and CPT.
Clients come to me due to anxiety, grief and trauma related concerns while facing stressors and life transitions. Life is difficult when you have mental health struggles due to problems related to health, family, marriage, dating, and/or work. It affects self confidence. You may be also be navigating the impact of immigration, cultural background, and inter-generational challenges that are confusing your identity development and your worldview. As an Asian therapist, I not only have familiarity but I am culturally affirming for APIDA individuals.
(925) 304-3846 View (925) 304-3846
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Angela M. Anderson, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MA
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
Not accepting new clients
Feeling alone and overwhelmed? Do you want to make a change and don't know where to start? Are old wounds holding you back? Do you struggle with old habits and behaviors that keep you stuck? I can help you find what you need. I help clients find their voice and find their own unique path through an open and honest partnership. Clients gain self-awareness, self-acceptance, and the skills they need to continue to heal and grow in connection with others.
Feeling alone and overwhelmed? Do you want to make a change and don't know where to start? Are old wounds holding you back? Do you struggle with old habits and behaviors that keep you stuck? I can help you find what you need. I help clients find their voice and find their own unique path through an open and honest partnership. Clients gain self-awareness, self-acceptance, and the skills they need to continue to heal and grow in connection with others.
(510) 257-9468 View (510) 257-9468
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Sarah DelMonte
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MA, ASW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94601  (Online Only)
Are you sensing a budding awareness in yourself of difficult patterns in your life that you wish to transform and grow through? It would be an honor to support you on your healing journey. I’m a therapist with a trauma-informed, client-centered lens and I utilize various creative modalities to help my clients experience greater insight, self-love, and balance in their lives. Some of the tools I use are art therapy, narrative therapy, meditation, dance movement therapy, as well somatic and sensory interventions. I also have training in SE, ACT, DBT, and CBT and these modalities influence my eclectic therapeutic technique.
Are you sensing a budding awareness in yourself of difficult patterns in your life that you wish to transform and grow through? It would be an honor to support you on your healing journey. I’m a therapist with a trauma-informed, client-centered lens and I utilize various creative modalities to help my clients experience greater insight, self-love, and balance in their lives. Some of the tools I use are art therapy, narrative therapy, meditation, dance movement therapy, as well somatic and sensory interventions. I also have training in SE, ACT, DBT, and CBT and these modalities influence my eclectic therapeutic technique.
(510) 880-1369 View (510) 880-1369
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Jessica Youseffi
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
28 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611
I help clients shift their negative inner voice and develop greater self-acceptance so they can walk through life with more confidence.
Do you feel stuck in the same loops, repeating old patterns, and self-defeating behaviors? Through a mindfulness-based, somatic, and trauma-sensitive approach, I support you to break these cycles, let go of limiting beliefs and be free to live the life you want. I specialize in supporting individuals who struggle with issues related to anxiety, perfectionism, low self-esteem and depression. My style is warm, authentic and direct - I'm here to help you feel more grounded and self-assured so that you can better navigate relationships, life transitions, and daily stressors.
I help clients shift their negative inner voice and develop greater self-acceptance so they can walk through life with more confidence.
Do you feel stuck in the same loops, repeating old patterns, and self-defeating behaviors? Through a mindfulness-based, somatic, and trauma-sensitive approach, I support you to break these cycles, let go of limiting beliefs and be free to live the life you want. I specialize in supporting individuals who struggle with issues related to anxiety, perfectionism, low self-esteem and depression. My style is warm, authentic and direct - I'm here to help you feel more grounded and self-assured so that you can better navigate relationships, life transitions, and daily stressors.
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Tim Barry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
I have a strengths-based and client-centered approach in therapy, and I integrate evidenced-based skills including RO DBT, ACT, and CBT.
I am passionate about supporting people in addressing a range of different challenges that may be impacting their lives. I believe that people are inherently resilient, and that building a strong therapeutic relationship can help you access both existing strengths and build new ones. While I may be an expert in a particular therapeutic model, you are an expert in your experience, and our ability to work together using evidence-based practices will help you reach your goals. I will take an active approach in your care by collaboratively building rapport and tailoring your care to meet your unique needs.
I have a strengths-based and client-centered approach in therapy, and I integrate evidenced-based skills including RO DBT, ACT, and CBT.
I am passionate about supporting people in addressing a range of different challenges that may be impacting their lives. I believe that people are inherently resilient, and that building a strong therapeutic relationship can help you access both existing strengths and build new ones. While I may be an expert in a particular therapeutic model, you are an expert in your experience, and our ability to work together using evidence-based practices will help you reach your goals. I will take an active approach in your care by collaboratively building rapport and tailoring your care to meet your unique needs.
(510) 567-7566 View (510) 567-7566
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Rachel Watkins
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
I've come to believe, through my experiences as both therapist and client, that the seemingly simple act of devoting time and energy toward oneself and one’s challenges can be transformative.
Most of us will find ourselves struggling at some point. Maybe you are suffering from crushing depression or debilitating anxiety or drowning in waves of grief. Maybe you need help navigating a life transition or important relationship. Some may long to heal past hurts. Or perhaps you are simply overwhelmed by life’s many stressors. It is often at these times that we seek out therapy.
I've come to believe, through my experiences as both therapist and client, that the seemingly simple act of devoting time and energy toward oneself and one’s challenges can be transformative.
Most of us will find ourselves struggling at some point. Maybe you are suffering from crushing depression or debilitating anxiety or drowning in waves of grief. Maybe you need help navigating a life transition or important relationship. Some may long to heal past hurts. Or perhaps you are simply overwhelmed by life’s many stressors. It is often at these times that we seek out therapy.
(510) 288-3165 View (510) 288-3165
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Irene Schell Capuchino
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94601  (Online Only)
I often incorporate interventions from CBT, ACT, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
My approach to counseling begins with careful listening to understand your unique situation and personal goals. I will listen without judging you or rushing to a quick fix that might not be applicable for your specific situation. Many of my clients enter counseling feeling alone or overwhelmed by feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger, or stress. They may feel stuck in painful relationships that aren't working, or stuck with intense feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, dread, or inner pain. My treatment approach is gentle, educational, and experiential.
I often incorporate interventions from CBT, ACT, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
My approach to counseling begins with careful listening to understand your unique situation and personal goals. I will listen without judging you or rushing to a quick fix that might not be applicable for your specific situation. Many of my clients enter counseling feeling alone or overwhelmed by feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger, or stress. They may feel stuck in painful relationships that aren't working, or stuck with intense feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, dread, or inner pain. My treatment approach is gentle, educational, and experiential.
(510) 343-7798 View (510) 343-7798
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Danielle Swan
Pre-Licensed Professional, ATR-P
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
As an Art Therapist, I offer client-centered creative interventions based in active art making and mindfulness as well as CBT, DBT, and ACT.
Is your child struggling with anxiety, depression or a big life change or a recent trauma? Are you an adult navigating grief or a transitional phase in your life and overwhelmed with stress, worry, or fear? As an Art Therapist, using a trauma-informed approach, we will work collaboratively and creatively to meet your goals. I will help you access coping skills, establishing routines, and hold space for emotional expression. I specialize in working with individuals from marginalized communities, ages 4 through adulthood, with anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions.
As an Art Therapist, I offer client-centered creative interventions based in active art making and mindfulness as well as CBT, DBT, and ACT.
Is your child struggling with anxiety, depression or a big life change or a recent trauma? Are you an adult navigating grief or a transitional phase in your life and overwhelmed with stress, worry, or fear? As an Art Therapist, using a trauma-informed approach, we will work collaboratively and creatively to meet your goals. I will help you access coping skills, establishing routines, and hold space for emotional expression. I specialize in working with individuals from marginalized communities, ages 4 through adulthood, with anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions.
(510) 390-7014 View (510) 390-7014
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Tara Reinertson, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
Do you want to find some balance and peace of mind? I can help you through this challenging time in your life. Whether you are an individual needing a safe place to manage unmanageable feelings or a couple seeking to change difficult relationship patterns, I have the skills to help you through this. Together we will work to create more harmony in your life through acceptance of what's out of your control and commitment to change the things you can. I work with individuals, couples and adolescents.
Do you want to find some balance and peace of mind? I can help you through this challenging time in your life. Whether you are an individual needing a safe place to manage unmanageable feelings or a couple seeking to change difficult relationship patterns, I have the skills to help you through this. Together we will work to create more harmony in your life through acceptance of what's out of your control and commitment to change the things you can. I work with individuals, couples and adolescents.
(510) 788-2336 View (510) 788-2336
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Erik Bromberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94619  (Online Only)
I use evidence based practices in my work including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Comprehensive Behavioral Interventions for Tics (CBIT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD.
I provide services for children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing challenges with anxiety and depression. I specialize in working with youth and their families who experience Tourette Syndrome, Selective Mutism, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). I utilize a strengths-based and whole person approach to help young people find their inner strength and bravery to face even the hardest situations. If you or your child are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or are struggling to find a place in the world I would like to collaborate with you to live a life that feels bright and vibrant.
I use evidence based practices in my work including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Comprehensive Behavioral Interventions for Tics (CBIT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD.
I provide services for children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing challenges with anxiety and depression. I specialize in working with youth and their families who experience Tourette Syndrome, Selective Mutism, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). I utilize a strengths-based and whole person approach to help young people find their inner strength and bravery to face even the hardest situations. If you or your child are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or are struggling to find a place in the world I would like to collaborate with you to live a life that feels bright and vibrant.
(510) 216-1992 View (510) 216-1992
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Susan VanAllen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94612  (Online Only)
My areas of proficiency are in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, and panic. I am EMDR certified, RLT certified (a form of cognitive behavioral therapy), and have extensive success applying the use of cognitive processing therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, as well as in supporting clients to learn extensive resourcing skills in concert with polyvagal theory for calming a client’s stressed nervous system.
My areas of proficiency are in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, and panic. I am EMDR certified, RLT certified (a form of cognitive behavioral therapy), and have extensive success applying the use of cognitive processing therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, as well as in supporting clients to learn extensive resourcing skills in concert with polyvagal theory for calming a client’s stressed nervous system.
(310) 742-1294 View (310) 742-1294
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Chloe Demisch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609
I am highly trained in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, a mindfulness based practice that helps you relate to your unhelpful thoughts/behaviors in a better way.
Looking for an in-person therapist in Oakland? Need help with managing stress, dating, work problems, relationships, family issues, life transitions, or depression? College/grad students, young professionals, millennials, Gen Z, new moms, tech workers, and creative types are my specialty.
I am highly trained in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, a mindfulness based practice that helps you relate to your unhelpful thoughts/behaviors in a better way.
Looking for an in-person therapist in Oakland? Need help with managing stress, dating, work problems, relationships, family issues, life transitions, or depression? College/grad students, young professionals, millennials, Gen Z, new moms, tech workers, and creative types are my specialty.
(619) 369-1564 View (619) 369-1564
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Laura Matthews
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
I also incorporate principles from ACT & Gestalt Therapy.
Are you feeling stuck or unmotivated? Does every decision feel overwhelming to you? Feeling lonely or isolated? In these modern and disconnected times it’s not uncommon to feel… just not right even in the absence of a major life stressor. Many people enter therapy when it’s hard to even put a finger on what’s wrong but you know you haven’t been feeling right. I specialize in working with clients with anxiety, depression, adjusting to life transitions and new medical diagnosis.I approach therapy with compassion, curiosity & warmth. I believe that through exploration comes greater understanding of ourselves & others. With this new
I also incorporate principles from ACT & Gestalt Therapy.
Are you feeling stuck or unmotivated? Does every decision feel overwhelming to you? Feeling lonely or isolated? In these modern and disconnected times it’s not uncommon to feel… just not right even in the absence of a major life stressor. Many people enter therapy when it’s hard to even put a finger on what’s wrong but you know you haven’t been feeling right. I specialize in working with clients with anxiety, depression, adjusting to life transitions and new medical diagnosis.I approach therapy with compassion, curiosity & warmth. I believe that through exploration comes greater understanding of ourselves & others. With this new
(510) 288-3247 View (510) 288-3247
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Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapists

How does acceptance and commitment therapy work?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy encourages a person to listen to their self-talk. 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.

What are the goals of acceptance and commitment therapy?

The goal of acceptance and commitment is to expand a person’s psychological flexibility, a trait that encourages an individual to live in the present moment and to accept all their thoughts, feelings, and emotions, even ones that are difficult such as sadness and anxiety. In ACT, this acceptance is congruent with the individual’s values and beliefs.

Does acceptance and commitment therapy work for depression?

Acceptance and commitment therapy is effective for depression because it allows the individual to view their discomfort and suffering differently. Depressive feelings about relationship heartaches, for example, are a part of life. A despondent person learns to let go of their struggles and instead view their painful thoughts and feelings with compassion. This will lead the individual toward positive change.

How long are people typically in acceptance and commitment therapy?

A typical acceptance and commitment therapy session is 50 minutes long with one session per week. Treatment for common problems such as anxiety, depression, or relationship difficulties can last between eight weeks to four months. However, more severe cases may require more than one session a week and/or a longer time frame for treatment.