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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based treatment approach. It is
known as the third wave of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). ACT has been extensively
studied and shown to be effective in managing symptoms of anxiety and depression and can be particularly beneficial as an adjunctive treatment for OCD.


The focus in ACT is on developing and expanding psychological flexibility so one can be the person they want to be and live the life they want to live. ACT focuses on helping individuals to improve their mental wellness by accepting their thoughts, feelings, urges, and impulses rather than attempting to avoid or suppress them. This enables individuals to better cope with distressing thoughts and emotions and to take actions that align with individual values, leading to a more fulfilling and satisfying life.

Six Core Principles That Promote Psychological Flexibility
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1. Acceptance - involves acknowledging and embracing the entire range of inner experiences, namely, thoughts, emotions, urges, and impulses rather than attempting to fight or change them.

Integration of ACT with Cognitive Behavior Therapy

At Willow Anxiety & OCD, we specialize in CBT, ACT and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) informed interventions to treat our clients. Sometimes it is beneficial to integrate interventions from these modalities when called for. This is part of our individualized approach to therapy.

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