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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Do you want to get out of your head and live more in the moment?

Maybe doing so feels impossible at times. Believe me; you are not alone! It’s very human to ruminate over negative thoughts, future worries, or past mistakes that you wish you could change. Many of us get consumed in these types of internal experiences, leading to feelings of anxiety, stress, depression, and low self-esteem. This likely pulls you away from being able to enjoy or relax in the present moment, only causing further frustration.

Furthermore, it’s not uncommon to get attached to rigid ideas, norms, beliefs, or definitions of ourselves and our lives. For example, you might think “I’m just a person who’s always (insert adjective),” “I’ve never been good at (you name it),” or “If I don’t accomplish (insert goal), I’m a failure.” Remaining attached to these kinds of self-limiting beliefs can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, preventing you from realizing your full potential as a student, athlete, teacher, and more. 

It’s not easy letting go of old, automatic beliefs, negative self-concepts, or worries about the future. 

These experiences are part of being human. However, they do NOT have to rule your life, your academics, your athletic performance, your relationships, or your work. Instead, you can learn to see these thoughts for what they are and realize the power you have to respond differently.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an evidence-based treatment modality that helps you focus on living according to your own personal values. It’s rooted in the understanding that trying to avoid, suppress, or struggle with painful internal experiences only leads to more distress, taking you away from what’s important to you. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy also teaches you how to observe, accept, and understand thoughts and emotions as normal human responses that shouldn’t define or control you. This can lead to stronger mindfulness and overall resiliency. 

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy can help you with:

  • Accepting your thoughts and feelings
  • Connecting to your values
  • Practicing mindfulness
  • Building self-compassion and self-care
  • Taking effective action towards your goals

You can achieve:

  • Detachment from unhelpful or rigid thoughts, feelings, and beliefs
  • Living more in the moment
  • Stronger flexibility, resiliency, and willingness to commit to your values and goals 
  • Not feeling as uncomfortable with or scared of your negative/painful thoughts and emotions
  • Self-acceptance