Professional Psychotherapy &

Assessment Services  

​Sven Schild, PhD, TCC

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

What is ACT? 

ACT was developed as a behavioral intervention to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present and to be more focused on important values and goals, instead of being focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. ACT teaches people how to engage with and overcome painful thoughts and feelings through acceptance and mindfulness techniques, to develop self-compassion and flexibility, and to build life-enhancing patterns of behavior. ACT is not about overcoming pain or fighting emotions; it’s 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. ACT has shown to be helpful in dealing with problems such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Substance abuse
  • Chronic pain
  • Psychosis
  • Eating problems, and
  • Weight management.


Suggested reading: 

To learn more about ACT, please visit the website for the Association for contextual Behavioral Science.

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