Feeling a little off? Like something just isn’t quite right in your life? Are you noticing more days of sadness or less interest in things you used to enjoy? Or increased worry and anxiety? If so, you are in good company. Life is like a hike up a steep mountain full of unexpected twists and turns; we all get lost along the way sometimes. As you climb this mountain, my goal as your therapist is to help you choose the paths that are most likely to lead to fulfillment and wellbeing. I am not the expert on your life’s journey, you are. But, my training often allows me to see some of the stumbling blocks you may be hitting along your climb and offer ideas to help you get back on track.
I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or ACT for short) in individual therapy. ACT is based on two main principles: Acceptance of our experience and Commitment to our values. Using ACT, we’ll work together to identify your values, or what matters most to you in life. This will help you identify the paths along your journey that will likely lead to more fulfillment. Next, we’ll work on understanding the thoughts and feelings that sometimes make it hard to choose these paths (ever canceled plans because you felt nervous about meeting someone new even though relationships are very important to you? Or zoned out to TV for hours rather than going on a walk even though you feel best when you’re in nature? We’ve all been there!). Once we understand all of this, we’ll work together to bring more fulfillment into your life by making space for some of these more challenging thoughts and feelings without letting them control the choices you make.