We offer individual therapy for adults. We work with many young professionals in the River North neighborhood who are struggling with stress related to their professional and personal lives.
We work primarily from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) orientation. ACT is a newer form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that uses mindfulness and acceptance techniques to help people make meaningful changes in their lives. We also integrate other forms of therapy as needed, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and existential therapy.
Read more about ACT below and how it is used to help people with anxiety, avoidance, relationship issues, and trauma-related symptoms.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has developed as a behavioral intervention to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. ACT teaches people how to engage with and overcome painful thoughts and feelings through acceptance and mindfulness techniques, to develop self-compassion and flexibility, and to build life-enhancing patterns of behavior. ACT is not about overcoming pain or fighting emotions; it's about embracing life and feeling everything it has to offer. It offers a way out of suffering by choosing to live a life based on what matters most.
ACT has developed within a scientific tradition, and there continues to be a thriving research community that examines the basic science underlying ACT and the effectiveness of applying ACT techniques to numerous life problems such as anxiety, workplace stress, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, chronic pain, psychosis, eating problems, and weight management, just to name a few. ACT is also now being used in VA hospitals to treat veterans with PTSD, and it has been deemed an evidence-based practice by SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.
We have extensive training and experience using ACT, and we have seen again and again how it can help people live rich, full, meaningful lives. ACT is useful not just for people struggling with mental health problems, but as a philosophy of life for anyone interested in getting more from their day-to-day experiences.
To learn more about ACT, visit the ACBS web site. Two books we often recommend for patients who are interested in reading more about ACT are Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steve Hayes, and The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living, by Russ Harris.