Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

At our residential treatment center, clients learn to accept their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or suppressing them through ACT.

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What Is Acceptance & Commitment Therapy?

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, or ACT, is a mindfulness-based therapy that revolves around self-acceptance with a commitment to change. It is here that healing can be made as individuals find freedom from judgment to become their best selves.

ACT has been in existence for years, though it has gained a great deal of traction in the past decade. ACT has demonstrated efficacy in working with a variety of conditions including PTSD, trauma, substance use, anorexia, bulimia, anxiety, and depression. It is used for all ages, from teenagers to older adults.

The 6 Core Processes

Psychological flexibility, or expansive thinking, is the main goal of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and is achieved through six core processes.



Acceptance involves embracing where one is in this moment. Maybe you are not where you dreamt you would be in your career right now, or you always thought you would be married by age ‘X’. Wherever you are, you cannot get anywhere else until you accept your place on the map, much like the “You Are Here” sign on a mall map. You have to find yourself and learn to be okay with it before you can get anywhere else.


Cognitive Defusion

Cognitive defusion helps one improve how one reacts to negative events. Life will happen. Negativity is inevitable. The question is: how will you respond? ACT teaches skills to help you face them head-on without fixating on these experiences and having them affect other aspects of your life.


Being Present

Being present is the practice of being aware of the present moment. It is accepting it, without judging it or trying to change it.


Self as Context

Self as context teaches that an individual is not just the sum of what happens to them; it is in one’s experience that the experience is defined as each person is empowered to impact their own story.



Values are what are important to a person. When an individual lives outside of their values, life loses its meaning. Depression, anxiety, and other issues seep in as motivation wanes. Defining what is truly important to you and living in a way that prioritizes those things, no matter what they are, adds meaning and thus value back to life.

Body Scan

Committed Action

Committed action emphasizes the importance of taking necessary steps to make changes in one’s life. Rather than avoid painful reminders of traumatic events, possibilities of failure or altered routes, ACT fosters a commitment to change that allows for real change. This is the primary way ACT differs from other therapies.

ACT at Innova Grace

At Innova, we offer Acceptance & Commitment Therapy groups to address symptoms of trauma, anxiety, depression and so much more. It is our hope that you will find acceptance of where you are, identify your values, and commit to change. Learn more about our other trauma treatment therapies here.

“Everyone on staff at Innova truly cares for the client, from the counselors to the nurses and even the chef and workout instructor! You are truly at home, loved, SAFE, and cared for every moment at Innova Grace."

-Innova Grace Alumni

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