Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Mental Health
Sometimes life is difficult! Life can be busy, overwhelming, and full of situations that don't go the way we expect or desire. Sometimes life is routine, dull, boring, or mundane. And sometimes, life is downright bring-you-to-your-knees heartbreaking (ask anyone who has experienced loss or failure). These challenges can bring up feelings of anxiety, sadness, depression, worry, guilt, resentment, and exhaustion that can affect maternal mental health during the perinatal period.
In order to protect us from these unpleasant feelings, our brains often default to avoidance and denial-which have never been shown to effectively treat any mood or anxiety symptom or disorder. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a research-validated approach that has been shown to be effective for a variety of mental health conditions and symptoms that commonly occur during early adulthood-including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, treatment-resistant conditions, and chronic pain, among others.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy shows us how to connect and engage with ourselves, the people around us, and the world in general regardless of our circumstances. Just like life is better when we show up for its experiences, ACT is a therapy approach styled so that you and your provider will show up together for a therapy experience!
Values and Mental Health
When you become an adult, suddenly you are pulled from so many directions and the overwhelm from the expectations from those around you can feel suffocating often leading to feelings of failure, anxiety, and depression. This can be especially tricky if you also have to deal with unwanted intrusive thoughts. Through acceptance and commitment therapy, people who are feeling confused and overwhelmed can experience clarity and insight by learning how to identify, describe, and hold true to their values leading to more confidence and less overwhelm.
Acceptance and commitment therapy isn't just about learning more about yourself, with ACT you will experience the freedom of releasing struggle and leaning into your values through intentional and WORKABLE ACTION.
If you have felt hopeless, overwhelmed, unmoored, or like you have lost a piece of yourself, incorporating ACT techniques can help you reconnect and start LIVING your best life!