Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapists in Normal, IL

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Emily Gerber
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
I also utilize aspects of Attachment theory, CBT, DBT, ACT , client-centered talk therapy, and play therapy modalities.
I am a licensed clinical professional counselor (MA, LCPC) in central Illinois. I have been working in the mental health field specializing in trauma across the lifespan (children, adolescents, and adults). My clinical expertise and training includes trauma focused therapy, shame and resiliency, healthy relationships, as well as working alongside foster and adoptive families. I believe therapy includes “an us.” It is an engaging and collaborative process. My hope is to provide a safe and warm environment to facilitate healing and growth.
(309) 271-0562 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Jennifer Hamilton
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified
Now Accepting New Clients. Teletherapy and In person sessions available. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor I know the importance of providing a safe and encouraging environment to make important decisions and changes. Seeking help is an act of both courage and vulnerability, and I meet these strengths with compassion, warmth, and understanding. My approach to therapy emphasizes your personal values and views relationships as the most important aspect of our lives.
(309) 588-4304 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Jeffrey Graham
Counselor, MA, NCC, LCPC
Verified
Life can often involve a series of setbacks, transitions, difficulties, and challenges that can cause us to feel stuck or lost. My aim is to help clients identify not only what they wish to change or problems they hope to address but also build self- acceptance and self-compassion. I have significant experience working with young adult and college-aged clients but also specialize in adolescent and adult mental health. Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, identity exploration, grief/loss, or relationship concerns, I will collaborate with you to work towards your goals.
(844) 593-0599 
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Normal, IL 61761
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James Gibb
Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCC, BC-TMH, AMTP
Verified
I employ many different therapeutic techniques such as client centered, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, ACT , etc.
It was Irvin Yalom who said something to the effect that "psychotherapy is like a dress rehearsal for life". With this said, it is my intention to not only offer you support in therapy but to also help you generalize the skills you learn in therapy and apply them in your outside life and relationships. I specialize in anger and anxiety management for adults and adolescents. I hold an Anger Management Certification. I also enjoy working with highly intelligent adults and teens who have a difficult time adjusting and adapting socially. This includes working with individuals on the high functioning end of the Autism scale.
(309) 716-3874 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Julleon Garrison
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified
My treatment style is integrative and borrows from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
My ideal client comes from many walks of life. They are children, teenagers, and adults and present with anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, relationship and family problems, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), school problems, and oppositional-defiant disorder. They all share a common need to be heard, empowered, and guided on the path of recovery. I provide evidence-based treatments tailored to the needs of my clients. I focus on strengths and capabilities rather than "illness."
(312) 262-2473 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Estrella Gonzalez
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
As your clinician, I hope to lead you down your own path to peace and self- acceptance .
To all of the 'over-thinkers', 'over-analyzers', perfectionists, own worst critics; to those of you highly attune and impacted by others' reactions and emotions...I hear you, I understand and I'm here for you. We'll work together to embrace what we feel plague us. There's strength and power in all of these things. I work with clients struggling with relationship anxiety, body image, intrusive thoughts, trauma and clients looking for a stable, neutral relationship with food and their body. To do this, I aim to create a space to process, grow and explore without judgement.
(224) 243-4193 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Amie Smith Counseling, PLLC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified
The ability to acknowledge our struggles is the first step towards positive change. We are all capable of it. The majority of my career has been spent working with children, teenagers and young adults. The focus is usually on helping them manage issues related to depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma and low self-esteem. I enjoy getting to engage in family therapy, with the focus on improving communication and family dynamics. My work with adults focuses on similar concerns. I enjoy clients who come to therapy with a desire to understand themselves and change behaviors or thought patterns that are negatively impacting their lives.
(309) 518-9202 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Laura Books
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified
I strive to create a safe space for you to begin to identify and resolve blocks that may be standing in between where you are right now and the life you truly desire.
(309) 220-3513 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Dr. Eleni Malamis
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who offers professional yet warm and caring help to those struggling with life's challenges. I have devoted my clinical work to assisting adult individuals with a broad spectrum of concerns. Specifically, I enjoy working with individuals in the following areas: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, life transitions, low self-esteem, communication, and relationship concerns.
(309) 220-3194 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Lauren Evelsizer
Counselor, MS, LCPC, CADC
Verified
Sometimes we get stuck. Life blindsides us and we haven't a clue how to cope with the cards we've been dealt. Other times, we encounter the same problem over and over again and can't seem to find our way out of that cycle. Our methods of coping and communicating aren't working. In fact, they may be making problems worse, creating new problems, and intensifying the pain we feel. We just want to feel seen, heard, and understood by someone. We are tired and lost. We want to get our lives back on track, but we aren't sure which direction to walk.
(309) 487-2155 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Heather Holl
Counselor, LCPC, MA
Verified
Many humans suffer from emotional distress and psychological symptoms due to aversive life events. Often times, negative experiences can become “stuck” in our brains impacting how we perceive ourselves, others, or the world. Our beliefs about ourselves can become skewed and negative. As a trauma-trained therapist, I can help you work through these past events and shift these beliefs in order to be able to live the life YOU want to live.
(309) 228-2571 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Jason Reel-Haas
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
(Currently not accepting new clients - check back soon!) Looking for relatable and down-to-earth? Someone to champion you in the midst of challenges and big adjustments? Who HASN'T experienced major upheaval during the last few years! My goal is to help you through life transitions, whether it's difficulties you face in college, growing through a relationship conflict or painful break-up, or grappling with who you are in the day-to-day grind. Making sense of how you got to where you are can bring clarity about how to get where you want to be.
(309) 271-1541 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Wendy Alleen Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
"I am a firm believer in finding balance between feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and actions. Sometimes what we are dealing with is simply present day stress, needing a safe environment to process and get feedback. Other times events from our past dictate our reactions to today's experiences. This leads to giving our power away and continuing to suffer. I practice cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as other approaches when indicated, always focusing on the client's goals. I am focused on respectful approaches to teaching tools that allow each client's efforts to result in positive impacts throughout their lives."
(309) 244-4152 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Keelan Dennis
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, LMFT
Verified
Life can present many challenges including school and work stress, relationship issues, parenting struggles, and health concerns. It is not uncommon to experience stress, confusion, anxiety, and a sense of hopelessness during these times. Counseling can be a helpful way to develop the emotional resources needed to cope with these challenges and aid you in recovering joy and enthusiasm.
(309) 431-1649 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Jojo M Mitchell
Psychologist, PhD, LCP
Verified
Life is too short to spend so much time hating ourselves, staying in hurtful relationships, letting trauma control us, being anxious/ depressed, fighting with our partner(s), and not living our truest self. I believe therapy can help you work through emotional pain, find purpose, develop better relationships with yourself and others, and make important life changes. I know that the path to healing can be confusing and scary at times. I am here to help.
(309) 518-1262 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Rachel K Epley
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MT-BC
Verified
There is no right or wrong way to live your life. You are the best judge of your own life decisions and goals, and I am here to support you with that. There may be certain techniques, habits, or knowledge that could contribute to your sense of wellbeing or help you cope with difficult emotions, and we can explore those together. If you are feeling stuck, overwhelmed, worn down by depression, overcome by anxiety, or just want to appreciate and enjoy your life more, I would love to walk alongside you on your journey. You are not alone. I am here to help you make sense of your challenges and find a way to move forward.
(773) 232-3862 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Lavina Velasco
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Licensed Therapist in Illinois & Maryland, Certified Nature-Informed Therapist, and Certified Health & Life Coach: Whether we are meeting online, face-to-face, or outdoors for a walk-and-talk session, clients can count on masterful listening and support for cultivating an empowered relationship with themselves, others, and life. I see my role as providing a safe, compassionate space for clients to engage in honest self-reflection and healthy risk-taking toward self-determined goals. My clients reconnect with their inherent worth, wisdom, and ability to transform old patterns into new possibilities.
(217) 733-0462 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Michelle Haase
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified
Immediate openings now... Life throws us surprises and leaves us navigating uncharted waters. In these situations you may struggle managing stress, experience anxiety, or grapple with life's difficult transitions. At some point you will experience relationship issues, unexpected loss, frightening diagnosis, daily work and family pressures. You need a space where you feel heard, supported, and safe.
(309) 237-0425 
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Normal, IL 61761
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Caroline Van Aman
Counselor, LCPC, MS
Verified
General Training: Cogntive Behavioral therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT ), Emotion Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior therapy (DBT), TRAUMA INFORMED TRAINING: Eye movement and desentization and reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive processing therapy (CPT), TF-CBT, Theraplay Principles, BrainPaint/BrainPrint, Trust Based Relational Intervention.
Life can bring about overwhelming emotional experiences that make us feel out of touch with our ourselves. Healing is possible. Neuroscience has shown us that our brains have the ability to make new connections and heal throughout our entire lives. We can restore our balance and find ourselves again. I love helping my clients to make these new healthy connections. I am committed to the clients that I serve. I use a structured approach and have clear plan of action.
(309) 220-3953 
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Bloomington, IL 61701
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Jason Woodford
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
3/10/22 Not Accepting new clients at this time. Life presents us with challenges and it helps to have someone who can be present with us; truly and carefully listen to us; and be skilled at helping us through the challenges we face. As a therapist, I believe it is important to provide a comfortable space that allows you to work through difficult issues with acceptance and support. I specialize in couples work, and also work with men in individual counseling. I have experience working with clients of all ages and in various settings. I use a wide assortment of approaches individualized for you and your specific needs.
(309) 271-1528 
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Bloomington, IL 61701
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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 Therapy have?

A certified Acceptance and Commitment therapist in Normal 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.