Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is the theoretical and philosophical framework we use for clinical practice at Focus.
ACT is a third generation behavioral therapy that assists clients in moving towards living a full, meaningful life. Interventions use acceptance and mindfulness strategies along with commitment and behavior change strategies to increase psychological flexibility moving patient's behavior towards their chosen values rather than their eating disorder, addiction or other maladaptive behaviors.
We use experiential exercises and metaphor work to assist patients in accessing thoughts, feelings, memories, and physical sensations that they have feared or avoided. This allows patients the ability to make new meaning and accept previously difficult life events; develop greater insight into their own personal values; and develop skills that move them towards committing to their behavior change.