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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Yellowbrick provides a weekly hour-long educational/experiential group, teaching the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is an evidence-based treatment modality which has shown effectiveness for various forms of anxiety, depression, and even psychotic illnesses in multiple controlled academic studies conducted throughout the world over many years.

Who does ACT help? Anyone who struggles with painful emotions, thoughts, memories, or urges (known in the ACT world as “behavioral predispositions”) of any kind. ACT encourages the acceptance (The “A” in ACT) that these are private mental experiences over which we have no control, and promotes taking committed (Commitment is the “C” in ACT) action guided by our authentic values. The result is a more fulfilling and vitalized life, in which the struggle to relieve ourselves of inevitable painful experiences doesn’t dictate our every move.

People who commonly can benefit from ACT include those experiencing anxiety, including social anxiety, obsessive compulsive symptoms, panic attacks or panic disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder, among other types. Also those experiencing depression ranging from mild to severe are often able to use ACT principles to improve the quality of their life. Research has also shown success by those suffering from psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusional thoughts, in applying the principles of ACT to their experience.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Treatment at YellowbrickYellowbrick’s ACT treatment is unique because the use of ACT in a group setting is a relatively new endeavor. The group experience allows interactions with others, in the context of Yellowbrick’s broader and highly relationship-based model, to provide opportunities to apply the principles of ACT.

What to Expect from ACT at Yellowbrick

Each group session, led by David H. Baron MD, Senior Staff Psychiatrist, begins with a mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness practice is a crucial part of using ACT. Members of the group participate in using an ACT workbook (Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Stephen Hayes, PhD) as part of the educational experience. Discussion of how to apply ACT principles and exercises both from the book and other sources are utilized.

This educational group follows an approximate 17-week cycle, then repeats. Some participants find it useful to repeat the cycle to reinforce the learning experience.

Yellowbrick’s treatment involves the real-time application of ACT skills at the Residence offered with around-the-clock accessibility to Residence Resource Staff.

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For more information, please contact Yellowbrick at 866.364.2300.