Acceptance Based Therapy

Acceptance-based therapies, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), are aimed at increasing skills in focusing in the present moment, identifying and working toward personal values, and recognizing and coping with emotions. This therapeutic style typically involves the use of age-appropriate activities and metaphors and the teaching of mindfulness and relaxation techniques. It is important to note that acceptance is not just tolerance, nor should it be confused with “giving-in.” It is a way to discover and engage in a rewarding life, no matter our emotional and physical circumstances. Acceptance-based therapies have been shown to be effective in many age groups and across many concerns, including ADHD, anxiety, depression and even health concerns, such as chronic pain.

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