Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a tried and proven approach to coping with the difficult emotions clients face on a daily basis. From helping to process feelings of anxiety, distress, and other mental health disorders, to helping those pursuing sobriety understand the emotional impact of abstinence, ACT helps each client identify, accept, and act upon complicated feelings with a sense of agency over their success.

Redpoint champions the empowerment of every client to overcome their daily battles. ACT can help you understand and overcome difficult emotions in your daily life.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

What Is ACT?

ACT is a type of psychotherapy based heavily on mindfulness practices to help each client emotionally situate themselves in the present moment. Anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, and more all create tumultuous emotional states, and clients may feel out of control of their actions in these times of difficulty. ACT’s flexibility – and the wide array of implementation practices available at Redpoint – ensure that each client has their own way to develop effective practices and build newfound resilience.

The Goals of ACT

Trying to repress difficult emotions like anxiety, sadness, or grief can lead to even more complex situations, and self-destructive behaviors can result from ignoring these intense emotions. Rather than trying to push down these feelings, ACT instead guides clients toward understanding and acknowledging their impact. By accepting these difficult emotions, clients are empowered to navigate them alongside trained, caring clinicians through safe and guided channels. Rather than making rash decisions in the face of such tumultuous emotions, clients learn to embrace a greater sense of agency over how much and in what way these emotions affect their lives.

By empowering clients to face these challenges directly while under the professional guidance of Redpoint’s exceptional staff, clients can find newfound strength throughout their daily lives by focusing on what each person can control and taking decisive, positive action.

Through ACT, clients can better control their direction in daily life while distancing themselves from other, more destructive thoughts and perspectives. Committing oneself to certain goals, such as being present for family, pursuing professional advancement, and cultivating responsibility and acceptance among loved ones empowers clients to identify actions that may act counter to these commitments. Even in the midst of trying emotional turmoil, effectively processing these feelings in a positive way ensures clients maintain a commitment to their transformative efforts in sobriety.

The 3 Pillars of ACT

Effective use of ACT takes place in three distinct stages as clients navigate their emotional states. These are acceptance, direction, and action.

  • Acceptance: This is the most crucial phase of effective ACT. Accepting that one is allowed to feel and experience difficult emotions, clients can be more cognizant of how such emotions impact their perception of reality, emotional impulses, and self-destructive behaviors. Accepting that feelings of anxiety, depression, fear, distress, and more are normal is a core part of ACT. Accepting one’s emotions for what they are is what enables clients to regain agency over their responses.
  • Direction: Using mindfulness practices such as breathing and tactile sensations, clients will situate themselves in the present and decide upon healthy, intentional courses of action to process their emotions. Deciding to engage in a particular strategy or activity puts the control back in the client’s hands, improving a sense of change and accountability.
  • Action: Clients will decide on which course of action is best for them, and remain resilient in their decision despite any other emotional trials that may present themselves. By committing themselves to a particular action, clients can continually refocus on their own decisions and intentions to maintain this newfound positive direction.

CT in Practice

Accepting difficult emotions and navigating them in a healthy manner is a difficult task, and embracing these new perspectives takes time. At Redpoint, we understand that such profound change isn’t easy to process in a day, and we are committed to guiding you through these transformations one step at a time.

We take our time getting to know each client and establishing a personal connection with each individual’s recovery journey based on trust and transparency. By discussing difficult emotions and past experiences, clients can better understand how they were affected by their own experiences, as well as be more aware of inherent negative or self-destructive thoughts or behaviors that may have otherwise gone unrecognized.

Navigating talk therapy alongside trained professionals, exploring one’s experiences and emotional responses to the memories and feelings therein, and understanding how such emotions continue to impact one’s daily life all create a transformative basis on which to commit oneself to a new perspective and recovery plan.

ACT and Redpoint also continue to help each client identify and pursue their own core values – the aspects of a client’s identity and goals for the future that make each and every recovery journey unique. We understand that each story is filled with nuance, and are prepared to take a versatile approach to help each client establish their own goals, identity, and visualization for their future.

Pursuing Your Future

Embracing effective ACT practices with us is the first step to a truly transformed future. However, it does not mark the end of a transformative journey, and continuing to pursue one’s recovery goals in daily life is a personal endeavor. Clients will learn not just how to navigate trying emotions within our walls, but also how to implement effective practices in daily life with their own best goals and resources in mind. Commitment to one’s own future is an essential part of effective ACT, and Redpoint strives to provide each client with the tools to shape their own goals for the future.

At Redpoint, we are proud to offer cutting-edge treatment modalities such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). If you or a loved when is struggling with mental health or substance use disorders, call to speak to us about how we can personalize a recovery plan for you at (303) 710-8496

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