The Best Possible Chance for a Sustained Recovery

Creative Care champions a holistic, or “whole-person” approach to mental health treatment. Our philosophy finds its center in unearthing and understanding the core of each client’s experiences. To this end, our team uses a biopsychosocial approach, a psychoanalytic frame, and evidence-based practices to craft an individualized treatment plan for each person who walks through our doors. We give them the best possible chance for a sustained recovery. In previous blogs, we’ve surveyed some of those practices. We’ll continue today by taking a closer look at acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT.

The Six Principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

ACT is based on six core processes: acceptance, cognitive diffusion, being present, the observing self, values, and committed action. Clients learn to increase awareness of the present moment. Specifically, to allow unwanted or difficult thoughts and feelings to come and go on their own, without trying to suppress them. With cognitive defusion, clients learn to put some space between their negative feelings and themselves. For example, a client reframes their thoughts as “I am feeling anxiety right now,” rather than “I am anxious right now”. As clients become more accepting and more aware of their present moment, they increase their familiarity with their observing self. This is the idea of an unchanging, transcendent self beyond our thoughts and feelings. From this vantage point, clients are free to determine their own values. Additionally, they can set goals according to those values, and take committed action to bring them to fruition.

The Goal of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

The goal of these processes is to increase psychological flexibility. Specifically, “to contact the present moment more fully as a conscious human being, and to change or persist in behavior when doing so serves valued ends,” as stated by Steven Hayes, the psychologist who helped develop ACT. It’s an antidote to rigid thinking and attachment to concepts. For example, this includes concepts of self, as well as avoidant behavior and failure to take meaningful actions as a result of that avoidance. Ultimately, it’s a therapy of empowerment. Furthermore, it has proven to be effective in the treatment of anxiety, depression, chronic pain, substance abuse, eating disorders, and psychosis.

Innovative, Creative Care

Creative Care strives to help empower our clients to achieve validation and acceptance of themselves as they are. Simultaneously, we also help them change their dysfunctional behaviors. Since 1989, we have helped hundreds of men and women overcome their co-occurring disorders with cutting-edge, compassionate care. Our fully equipped staff includes a consulting psychiatrist, psychotherapists, registered nurses, and counselors. They’re all expertly trained to treat the whole person as a person, attacking the condition from all angles. Indeed, we work as a team to create your ideal recovery plan. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health, start the recovery process today. Call Creative Care at 855-954-0762.