We use and love Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Don’t worry if you don’t know anything about ACT – that’s our responsibility. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Techniques are evidence-based methods that emphasize psychological flexibility, being present, and doing what matters. It’s about helping you live your life the way you genuinely want to.
Our general philosophy is that your experience has taught you a great deal, and you’ve done the best you can with the tools you have. We’re here to be very curious about your experience and to understand the context. We believe that our job is to help you uncover your own answers about what you want (usually by asking questions), and equip you with any skills and strategies you may need to create that change you want.
So if you want a therapist who nods, validates, and very little else, we’re probably not the right fit for you. Some people really need a person to just listen and support them, and that’s a wonderful thing. It’s just not the type of therapy we do in every session. Sometimes that is what you need for a raw situation, and that’s what we’ll do.
We’ll often make recommendations about things to practice between sessions. They may be worksheets, book recommendations, TED Talks, thought exercises, things to notice, communication strategies, apps, self-care, coping strategies, or other practices. We avoid the word “homework” because that implies we grade it! It’s about helping you create action and change