Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapists in San Mateo, CA

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Photo of Bill Bell, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Mateo, CA
Bill Bell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PhD, ACS
Verified
Verified
My clients typically fall into three categories: 1) individuals with existential angst, questioning their trajectory in relationships, careers, and/or life; 2) individuals suffering from a myriad of compulsive behaviors/addictions; and 3) couples experiencing communication difficulties, misaligned values, discordant desires, or desiring archetypal reconstructions. My work emphasizes identifying & isolating troubling emotions that lead to negative thinking and behaving, and learning to think & act according to reason. I am offering in-person sessions and teletherapy.
(415) 968-8968
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Mitchell Eckstein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
" l'm also skilled with Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Insight Meditation, and Trauma Focused Methods.
Are you feeling stuck? Caring, effective licensed mental health therapist, over 30 years of counseling experience is here to help. * Do you have past trauma related to your being different, family of origin, and life events? * Do you want to overcome disabling anxiety and depression? * Do you struggle with personal relationships and work satisfaction? *Are you feeling lonely and having trouble connecting with others? * Would you like to have a safe place to share your deeper thoughts and feelings? If the answer is yes to one or more of the above, you are not alone. I'm here to help.
(415) 969-2712
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San Mateo, CA 94402
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Stacy Chiang
Psychologist, JD, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I’m trained in various evidence-based treatments, including CBT, DBT, ACT , mindfulness-based intervention, and psychodynamic psychotherapy; however, my approach is integrative and individualized, as each one of my clients has his/her/their own unique strengths, cultural backgrounds, and beliefs.
Are you or a loved one in a time of transition or uncertainty? Are you experiencing stress, anxiety or depression? Are you unsure about therapy, but nothing else has worked? I am committed to providing a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to give voice to yourself, and for us to collaborate on workable solutions to implement in your school life, work life, and/or relationship with others. My goal for you in therapy is to become your own therapist by gaining a deeper understanding of yourself and by learning what works for you in times of distress through leaning on your innate wisdom.
(650) 684-1398
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Weiling Liu, Ph.D.
Psychologist
Verified
Verified
I work from a strengths-based model and utilize evidence-based practices including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT ).
Hello and Welcome! I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience. We all face challenges and difficult emotions in our lives. It may be related to transitions, major life events, career change, or stress in relationships at home/work. Your usual coping tools may not be helping as much and you may benefit from additional support. I hope to collaborate with you towards understanding these emotions and helping you have a better ability to manage them, improving your quality of life, changing unhealthy behaviors, and relieving emotional distress.
(833) 713-0674
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San Mateo, CA 94402
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Anastasia Hospidales
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
Verified
It's okay to feel and act a little disorganized, in my opinion.
I work with clients going through separation or divorce, trauma, bullying, sexual, emotional, or physical abuse, depression, anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and eating disorders.
(650) 844-1932
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Jianan Hu
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have expertise in CBT, and also utilize skills from ACT , DBT, and Gottman methods for couples therapy when appropriate.
Welcome to my practice. It is very common to experience distressing emotions at various points in our lives. When this happens, we often engage in unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought that can maintain and exacerbate the problem. This leads many of us to feel stuck and even hopeless. I hope to be able to help you better recognize and understand your emotions, and provide a place of validation and support for your distress. In addition, I will work with you to identify unhealthy behaviors and patterns of thought, change them, and adopt new and healthier coping strategies.
(650) 376-7388
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San Mateo, CA 94404
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Colleen P Arnold
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified
Verified
I have been in private practice since 1996, and although I've worked with many different populations, I specialize in young adults between 18-29, and woman struggling with depression or anxiety who are undergoing a life transition, such as graduating high school, college or heading into motherhood. I also lead workshops and provide personal coaching for mothers who need more self-care. My work is primarily strength-based and informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and trauma-informed interventions. I focus on working with strengths, values and interests to help you create a life worth living.
(415) 968-9719
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San Mateo, CA 94402
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Peggy Kwok
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MA, RYT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My theoretical orientation includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy ( ACT ), and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
I provide phone and online sessions, please contact me by emails. I have 13 years of experience working with individuals and couples. To me, therapy is a form of healing that helps us find balance and psychological flexibility through a therapeutic process. Whether it is learning more coping skills or arriving to a new insight about ourselves, it is a journey of understanding our lives better. Through that journey, we will learn WHEN and WHAT to let go or to keep. Exploring what serve us purpose now, even the negative behaviors, can help us understand our past, present and future.
(650) 727-5390
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Joseph Choy
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
My training is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and I integrate my specialization of other evidence-based therapies such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance Commitment Therapy ( ACT ) with the power of mindfulness to provide an adaptive and flexible approach to your needs.
We are often ruled by thoughts and patterns of conditioning that are largely outside of our awareness. While adaptive, this process can sometimes lead us astray. I aim to help you uncover unhealthy patterns of conditioning by cultivating awareness through mindful intention which will ultimately help guide you towards a more conscious and fulfilling life. I have extensive experience working with individuals suffering from mood disorders, trauma-related disorders and substance abuse.
(628) 300-0288
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Megan Bruce
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Megan combines evidence-based treatment modalities such as CBT and ACT with warmth, humor and unconditional positive regard for an approach that is compassionate and effective.
Megan is passionate about empowering people to reclaim their lives. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety, depression and ADD/ADHD. She believes that freedom, joy and healing are available to everyone with the right support.
(650) 860-4094
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Viktoriya Samarina
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Problem Solving Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
I am a licensed psychologist who specializes in Neuropsychology. I have extensive clinical experience working with adults and older adults. I provide neuropsychological assessments and consultation to clients with various medical and neurological difficulties such as neurodegenerative diseases, dementia, stroke, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. I provide therapeutic support for clients who struggle with various medical issues.
(650) 405-3626
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San Mateo, CA 94406
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Amy Backos
Psychologist, PhD, ATR-BC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Are you wishing you had more energy and brain power to engage at work and home? Are you are missing zest and vitality in your life and carrying past pain, unwanted thoughts, and finding your relationships are strained? If you are ready to overcome past traumas and create more joy, ease, balance, and success, there is an effective and creative way. By using both sides of your brain: creativity & logic, focus & curiosity, thoughts & emotions. I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Art Therapy to help you become psychologically flexible, creative, and mindfully aware.I offer you structure, education and creativity in therapy.
(415) 592-6406
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Jiewen (Janice) Huang
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I utilize the following modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT ), EMDR, Brainspotting, and Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT).
Depression and anxiety are some of the most common mental-health-related challenges that create difficult thoughts and feelings, which we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, I am here to assist you in restrengthening/restoring/gaining motivation, perspective, and values in your life. Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. I can help you with gaining skills in coping with these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing. My practice also focuses on anticipatory grief, normal grief, and complicated grief.
(415) 449-8155
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San Mateo, CA 94402
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Gina Garcia
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears." -Nelson Mandela. Choosing to seek therapy is an act of hope. I believe that through a supportive therapeutic connection, you can develop resources for healing, uncover inherent strengths, and meet new goals. I specialize in working with tweens, teens, parents, and young adults. I focus on supporting anxiety, depression, family/peer conflict, and those recovering from trauma. I facilitate groups for teens and their parents and have supported survivors of sexual violence. My approach is strength-based and focuses on each client as a whole person, not just the challenges they face.
(650) 679-7813
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Tandra Froehlich Childress
Art Therapist, MA, ATR, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Some of the approaches I utilize are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT ), mindfulness, core values work, self-care skills, EMDR and Art Therapy.
I create a safe holding space where people can deeply explore what is blocking them from enjoying their lives to the fullest. I focus on authentic connection and empathy to build trusting therapeudic relationships. I enjoy working with teens, young adults, and adults. If you are struggling to recover from DID, complex trauma, single traumas, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or bipolar disorder, I am here to help.
(415) 562-0416
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San Mateo, CA 94402
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Zar Getz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSS, LCSW, LICSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
Through radical acceptance , we begin to find understanding, forgiveness and the strength to make change.
I cannot move mountains for you, but I can help you climb. Facing fears, healing from loss, finding meaning and joy - these are the inevitable tasks of life. Therapy may be your first step or your last resort. Often people avoid it all together because they believe their pain is too great, worry they will be judged or that their situation is too complicated. Some people believe they should solve problems on their own or only with family and friends. However, while family and friends may want the best for us, they often come with opinions or past hurts. Sometimes it helps to have a safe space outside your daily experience.
(628) 237-0876
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San Mateo, CA 94403
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Nathan Chow
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
I work from a strengths based model and utilize evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT ).
Welcome! We all experience some form of stress in our lives, difficult emotions, or painful life circumstances. These may be caused by a variety of things, including natural or unexpected life transitions, loss, work stress, or relationship struggles. It can be difficult to navigate these challenging experiences and the emotions that come with them. You may find yourself “stuck” and in need of some assistance. I hope to work with you to understand and manage your emotions and behaviors better.
(650) 376-8114
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Amber Miller
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a licensed psychologist specializing in working with children, teens, young adults, parents, and families who struggle with a wide range of mental health concerns. I am committed to using evidence-based treatments and personalizing them to fit your particular needs. I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to guide my treatment approach, but also use Family Based Therapy for EDs (FBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT ), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and other evidence-based treatments.
(415) 649-4443
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San Mateo, CA 94404
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Allison Baumann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MA, PPS
Verified
Verified
Therapy is a courageous act to process the areas where we feel stuck in our lives. With gentle support and guidance, we can truly heal our wounds and thrive. I support clients by finding healthy ways to cope with emotions and offer tools rooted in neuroscience to promote our own mental wellness. I specialize in working with adults and adolescents struggling with anxiety and depression, relationships, and social/emotional issues interfering with work/school. Using a compassionate and honest approach, I work collaboratively with my clients to help reduce suffering and create positive changes in their lives.
(650) 285-5914
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Lynn Roberts
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I utilize Solution focused, ACT , Mindfulness-based CBT, and aspects of many other evidence based therapies.
Licensed OR/FL/CA. Ready to unhook from unhelpful thoughts, connect and improve your relationships? Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed or ineffective? Do you struggle in your relationships? Moving through life without purpose? Experiencing stress with life transitions? Your issues don’t define who you are, although you may feel that way today. Are you looking for someone who listens with warmth, openly and without judgment, helps you manage the now and offers tools to help you live with meaning and clarity? We can discover your strengths and you CAN be your best self. See my website for full services.
(503) 405-4720
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San Mateo, CA 94403
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Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapists

Is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy evidence-based?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of many approaches within the field of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is an evidence-based treatment framework that has been shown to be effective in treating many mental health conditions including depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and OCD.

What is the difference between Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Despite being part of the CBT family of therapies, ACT differs from other approaches within this field in several important ways: First, it emphasizes acceptance over change; second, it focuses on present moment experiences rather than past experiences or future events; third it focuses on what clients can do rather than what they cannot do; and fourth it emphasizes values rather than symptoms as targets for change.

What credentials will a certified Acceptance and Commitment therapist have?

A certified Acceptance and Commitment therapist in San Mateo will have completed specialized training in this approach at a university accredited by The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

How long does ACT typically take?

ACT is a relatively short-term therapy that focuses on helping you accept the things you can't change and commit to the things you can. It typically takes about eight weeks of weekly sessions with a therapist to complete the entire process. You may need to see your therapist weekly or biweekly, depending on the circumstances surrounding your situation.