Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapists in Bethesda, MD

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Amanda Dennehy
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA , LCPC
Verified
I utilize an integrative approach drawing from Cognitive Behavioral and Acceptance and Commitment therapy.
Does worrying keep you up at night or prevent you from feeling present in everyday activities? Is it a struggle to shut off the thoughts that take your attention away from the things that matter most? Or do you frequently feel you are engaging in life with a "smile" on your face that does not match what's going on inside? These overwhelming feelings of anxiety or depression could be due to a recent life change or they may have been weighing heavily on you for some time. In a warm and supportive environment we will address these concerns together.
(301) 821-5308 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Carrie Miller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified
I am fluent in therapeutic techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based stress-reduction, breath work, trauma-focused therapy, among many others.
Do you ever feel like you are steadily providing support to other people in your life? Having issues reaching out for help for yourself, even though you feel like you are drowning? You tell others (friends, family, co-workers) that it is okay to ask for help, but do you find that you set this rule aside for yourself? It can become exhausting! Most people go through common concerns such as anxiety, depression/mood concerns, loneliness/isolation, and troubles regulating emotions. It takes courage and strength to reach out, but once you make the decision, it would be my honor to walk alongside you through the process!
(301) 857-5509 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Britt H Rathbone
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, BCD, CGP
Verified
He provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Certified Comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Unified Protocol for Adolescents (UP-A), Exposure and Response Prevention, Parent Management Training (PMT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT ), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), Prolonged Exposure for PTSD (PE), Behavioral Activation (BA) and other effective treatments.
Britt Rathbone is an expert in the treatment of adolescents. He graduated from Columbia University and has worked exclusively with adolescents and their families since 1985. He has a special interest in challenging, difficult to treat, and treatment-reluctant adolescents as well as those who have multiple and complicated mental health diagnoses. He trains therapists, speaks to professional and lay groups, and has taught advanced level social work graduate students at the Catholic University of America. Washingtonian Magazine has consistently named Mr. Rathbone one of Washington's best therapists for adolescents, and one of Washington's best therapists for group therapy.
(301) 658-2524 x401 
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Bethesda, MD 20816
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Joey Salvatore
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified
I approach work from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT ) perspective, which emphasizes mindfulness and other tools to help cope with negative events and feelings and increases flexibility to stressors.
Clients who are looking for support exploring issues in a compassionate and warm space; in need of direction; help clarifying what gives their lives meaning and importance; are dealing with life transition issues and stressors; interpersonal or relationship issues; LGBTQIA+ identity or gender issues; conflict of faith/religion/spirituality issues; mood or sleep imbalance and dysregulation issues.
(410) 844-6914 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
Not accepting new clients
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Temple Morris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
My approach, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT ), a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy, is evidence-based and shown to be extremely effective.
Being a human is hard. Anxiety keeps us up at night. Depression weighs us down. And that critical voice never fails to let us know exactly how we screwed up. We feel numb, unsettled -- disconnected from those we love and disengaged from what matters most. Looking at our lives, we realize that this is not what we had planned on, and the life we yearn for seems out of reach.
(301) 433-7360 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Capital Institute for Cognitive Therapy Bethesda
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
All of our therapists have advanced training in CBT, including mindfulness and acceptance based approaches.
We are CBT experts. Since it was founded in 2003 by Dr. Stephen Holland, Capital Institute for Cognitive Therapy has been providing research-proven treatments and compassionate care in Washington, DC. We have now expanded our services to Bethesda. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective for a number of problems, including: depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding, panic, phobias, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, insomnia, chronic pain, personality disorders, and relationship problems.
(202) 519-1348 x15 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Andrea Bonior
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
My work uses a variety of cognitive-behavioral, ACT , and mindfulness techniques full of warmth, gentle but firm guidance, sound and current science, and (yes-- It's allowed!) even humor.
Are you tired of feeling stuck? It's easy to put off getting help; life keeps moving whether you're feeling good or not. But when you're in a bad place-- with behavior or emotional patterns (anxiety, depression, unhealthy habits, stress) or with relationships (loneliness, conflict, toxic interactions)-- then it costs you time, keeping you from engaging with life the way you want to. We'll work together to help you understand what's gotten you to where you are and, most important, how to create and enact a plan to change the problematic patterns and enhance the positive aspects of your life.
(240) 226-3886 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Miranda K Morris
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I use several therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive-Behavioral, Acceptance & Commitment,and insight-oriented therapies.
Are you leading the life you want? So many people aren't. Dissatisfaction, anxiety, depression, and stress become fixtures in our daily lives. If yours is not the life you want, therapy can be a powerful means by which to let go of suffering, to find fulfillment and joy in you life. In my work, I help people develop the skills they need to let go of pain, to pursue their goals, to strengthen relationships, and to live fully. My clients range from people who are having acutely painful problems to people who simply feel stuck or unhappy.
(240) 696-4173 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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True North Therapy and Training
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW-C
Verified
We use several therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral, Acceptance & Commitment, and insight-oriented therapies.
All of us experience pain and suffering at one time or another in our lives. As therapists, we know that our clients aren’t broken during such periods—they’re stuck. Our aim in working with you isn’t to fix you; it’s to help you meet life’s challenges and craft a life of meaning and purpose. We take an active role in guiding you through an exploration of your values, as well as broadening your skill set associated with mindfulness.
(844) 953-1034 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Sahar Esfahani Phd
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
We utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness-based practices.
We are a private practice specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for adolescents and adults. We specialize in treating a range of anxiety disorders (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobias, Health Anxiety), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related concerns (e.g., Skin Picking, and Trichotillomania). We treat Depression as well as Trauma.
(301) 284-3490 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Hillary Cohen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified
I primarily use CBT, and also incorporate other treatment modalities as appropriate, such Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT ) and Mindfulness.
Many children and teens have difficulty managing their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I specialize in working with children and adolescents struggling with anxiety (such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, OCD, and more), depression, emotion regulation, and stress management related to school, family, and peers. Working collaboratively with each client to help them learn healthy coping skills and healthy decision-making skills is an essential part of treatment. Working with parents to help them learn skills to better support their children can also be an important part of treatment.
(240) 775-1882 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Veronica Raggi
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I integrate this approach with mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and other evidence based approaches as appropriate.
I am a licensed psychologist specializing in treating anxiety, stress, depression, emotion regulation, interpersonal difficulties, life changes, school-related issues, and parenting challenges. I am warm, empathic and results-oriented. I work to develop a strong and supportive therapeutic relationship that is safe and nurturing, while also providing direct guidance and collaborative problem solving to help you reach desired goals and make positive changes. For children, I set up sessions in a developmentally appropriate way to maximize therapeutic gains. I offer both parenting and school-based support.
(301) 200-2154 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Mary Randall Ingate
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, MC
Verified
I have post-graduate training in CBT; ACT ; Mindfulness; Psychodynamic modalities and Gerontology.
We all have periods of struggle navigating life; work; and relationships. In my practice I focus on helping individuals and families identify troubling issues while increasing self understanding; coping skills and compassion for themselves and others with the goal of improving relationships and moving forward in life in accordance with their individual goals and values. In my 30+ years of practice I have worked with people from many different cultures including the LGBTQ+ community who are struggling with anxiety; mood disorders; and addiction issues. I am committed to helping and working collaboratively with my clients.
(301) 850-6846 
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Bethesda, MD 20817
Not accepting new clients
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Umniya Gabbani
Counselor, MA, LGPC
Verified
Sometimes we come across challenges that can be tough to manage on our own. If you are new to therapy, reaching out for help is a huge act of determination that takes SO much courage! My name is Umniya and I am a counselor specializing in children, adolescents, and families. I am committed to bringing a compassionate, supportive, holistic, and culturally sensitive approach to help clients process life experiences and maximize their potential. I prioritize a collaborative and eclectic approach to ensure clients achieve personal growth and self-awareness and gain insight into their problems.
(240) 985-8703 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Gareth Harrison
Psychological Associate, PsyD, MBA
Verified
I use an integrative approach, blending various evidence-based treatments and techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, ERP, and acceptance - and compassion-based therapies.
Regardless of the diagnosis, I endeavor to help clients better to understand the nature and nuances of their particular difficulties so that they can live a rich, meaningful life. I have experience helping people with a wide array of psychological difficulties, with particular interest in anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anger, self-esteem concerns, and significant life transitions.
(202) 978-4739 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Capital Institute for Cognitive Therapy
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
All of our therapists have advanced training in CBT, including mindfulness and acceptance based approaches.
We are CBT experts. Since it was founded in 2003 by Dr. Stephen Holland, Capital Institute for Cognitive Therapy has been providing research-proven treatments and compassionate care. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective for a number of problems, including: depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding, panic, phobias, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, insomnia, chronic pain, personality disorders, and relationship problems. Studies find most patients in CBT have significant reduction in symptoms and distress.
(202) 759-2873 x15 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Bentley Noland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, biploar disorder, or have experienced trauma? Have you self-medicated in an attempt to manage your emotions? You can expect supportive, practical help in overcoming trauma, the treatment of mood disorders, and recovery from substance abuse and behavioral addictions. Therapy will be tailored to your needs, using the tools that work best for you, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT ), Cognitive Restructuring (a core technique from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and learning stress reduction skills. In therapy, you can build lasting alternatives to unhealthy family dynamics.
(202) 831-1608 
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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Stephen Holland
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
All of our therapists have advanced training in CBT, including mindfulness and acceptance based approaches.
I am Founder and Director of the Capital Institute for Cognitive Therapy. Since 2003, the Institute has been a leading provider of research-proven treatments and compassionate care. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective for a number of problems, including: depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding, panic, phobias, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, insomnia, chronic pain, personality disorders, and relationship problems. Studies find most patients in CBT have significant reduction in symptoms and distress.
(202) 759-2884 x15 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Jacqueline Beaudry
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
My goal is to help clients move towards a more satisfying and meaningful life. Using a non-judgmental, collaborative, and flexible approach, I tailor my treatment style based on clients’ needs and personal goals. My treatment style combines CBT with acceptance - and mindfulness-based interventions. I also provide strategies for relaxation, emotion regulation, and coping with the physical manifestations of chronic stress.
(202) 952-8145 
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Jaclyn Halpern
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Our clinicians are trained in a range of modalities, including ACT , CBT, DBT, Trauma, Mindfulness, and Art Therapy.
We are a unique practice providing comprehensive, collaborative mental health care through out team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists. Our patient population is diverse, and we are neurodiversity affirmative and inclusive and welcoming to all. We are dedicated to creating the most helpful treatment path for each and every person and family. We offer individual and group therapy, parenting, art therapy, psychiatry/psychopharmacology, comprehensive testing, and TMS, Neurofeedback, eTNS, and VR Therapy. We welcome patients of every age. We offer individual, group, and family therapy, as well as parenting support.
(301) 684-5493 
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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 Bethesda 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.