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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies to increase psychological flexibility. A huge theme in ACT is to get unstuck from thoughts, feelings, events, and situations that are interfering with living presently in our lives. ACT focuses on teaching people to accept themselves and their situations for what they are, clarify what is important to them in life, increase fulfillment, and increase vulnerability with self and others. ACT emphasizes the idea that pain is unavoidable (it is part of being alive). ACT teaches us that acceptance is not tolerating or giving up, it is about the willingness to face uncomfortable emotions and internal experiences.