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spiral2grow, a leading provider of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) in New York City. ACT psychotherapists and counselors are expert in utilizing ACT treatment modality to help clients attain better quality of life, while dealing with their psychological challenges. spiral2grow, located in midtown Manhattan at 260 Madison #8023, New York, NY 10016, offers Acceptance Commitment Therapy for treating anxiety, stress, anger, social anxiety and general anxiety.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a cognitive-behavioral model of psychotherapy. ACT uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies and techniques, together with commitment and behavior change tools, to increase psychological flexibility, and resiliency. The greater your ability to use ACT, the greater your quality of life, the greater your sense of vitality, wellbeing and fulfillment.
The goal of ACT is to empower the client to create fulfilling and meaningful life, while accepting the unavoidable pain that comes with it. As the famous quote by Haruki Murakami say “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”So, as we work hard to create the life based on our deepest values, we will face all sorts of challenges, unwanted and unpleasant experiences. These experiences can come in a form of feelings, thoughts, urges, sensations etc.). Accordingly, ACT guides individuals to utilize skills to handle these challenges and to emerge stronger.
Rather than trying to teach people to better control their thoughts, feelings, sensations, memories and other internal processes, ACT teaches individuals to become aware, accept, and embrace their private events, especially unwanted ones. A key part of the acceptance is a mindful, non-judgmental attitude toward the internal (as well as external) events.
ACT helps the individual to develop their observing ego – to observe and experience and yet distinct from one’s thoughts, feelings, sensations, and memories. ACT aims to help the individual clarify their personal deepest values and to take actions that promotes these values. By acting based your values, individuals bring more vitality and meaning to their life in the process, increasing their psychological flexibility, durability and equanimity. It helps people to fundamentally change their attitude toward their painful thoughts and feelings, to develop a transcendent sense of self, to live in the present, and to take action, guided by their deepest values, to create a rich and meaningful life.
The core assumption of ACT is that psychological suffering is usually caused by avoiding the experience and by entanglement of cognition. This in turns result in psychological rigidity that leads to a failure to take the necessary actions and behavior that is aligned with individual’s core values. One of its core messages: to accept what is out of your personal control, while committing to action that will improve your quality of life.
The premise behind ACT is that a more fulfilled life can be attained by accepting life as is and by doting so overcoming negative thoughts and feelings. The goal of ACT is to help clients consistently choose to act effectively (concrete behaviors as defined by their values) in the presence of difficult or disruptive “private” (cognitive or psychological) events. The aim of ACT is to help people create a rich full and meaningful life, while effectively handling the pain and stress that life inevitably brings. The acronym ACT has also been used to describe what takes place in therapy: accept the effects of life’s hardships, choose directional values, and take action.
Growing data of scientific research confirms that cultivating mindfulness, acceptance, facing your fear and opening yourself to difficult experiences is highly effective for the treatment of anxiety disorders, social anxiety, sadness and depression, anger management, substance abuse, chronic pain, PTSD and eating disorder. ACT is also a very powerful modality that is used life coaching, career coaching and executive coaching.
ACT commonly employs six core principles to help clients develop psychological flexibility: