Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): What It Is & How It Works
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Primary Changes: Updated for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Added “Mindfulness & ACT Therapy”, “What Are the Benefits of ACT?”, “How Is an ACT Therapy Session Structured?”, and “What to Look for in an Acceptance and Commitment Therapist”. New material written by Eric Patterson, LPC, and reviewed by Kristen Fuller, MD.
Author: Hailey Shafir, LCMHCS, LPCS, LCAS, CCS
Reviewer: Meera Patel, DO