In life, there is invariably some pain. Most people know that. The problem is that we get stuck in our pain, we struggle with and agonize over our troubles. With that in mind, I work on helping people get un-stuck. I work on helping people build lives that are about vitality, freedom, and meaning.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a therapy designed to teach people strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings, and experiences. ACT teaches people how to cope with painful thoughts and feelings using acceptance and mindfulness techniques. ACT helps people to develop self-compassion and flexibility and to build life-enhancing patterns of behavior. ACT is about embracing life and feeling everything it has to offer. It offers a way out of suffering by choosing to live a life based on what matters most.
A few more words about what is meant by "Acceptance" and "Commitment"...
Acceptance is about making room for the things we cannot control. It is a kind of mindful action that involves disarming the stuggle you're having with painful thoughts, feelings, memories, worries, etc. Acceptance should not be confused with approval or resignation; real acceptance empowers us to change what we can change and let go of what we can't.
Happiness is not built on momentary pleasure; it's built on a larger sense of meaning and purpose. It's fostered by actions that are in the service of the things that give our lives meaning, the things that we care about most deeply. Commitment begins with getting clarity on what truly matters to you and what you want your life to be about. The practice of commitment involves learning strategies that help you move you in the direction of your chosen values. When we move toward our values, we increase the richeness, vitality, and meaning in our lives.