ACT FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Day/Time:        Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, 10 weeks, January 9 to March 13
Class Size:        6-10 participants
Cost:                 $60/session for 10 weekly sessions
Insurance:         Documentation provided to file for out-of-network reimbursement
Status:              Now enrolling for January 9, 2019
Information:      Email info@stldbt.com

ACT for Depression and Anxiety is a weekly group devoted to helping participants encounter depression and anxiety differently and pursue a full and meaningful life.

ACT will help you cope better with anxiety, handle depression more readily and improve your mood rather than fight with it.

WHAT IS ACT?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a relatively new form of therapy which helps you relate differently to your anxious feelings, depressed moods, worrying mind, self-defeating behaviors, and/or anything else that causes you problems.  The aim of ACT is to limit the ways these run your life.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT?

Acceptance refers to bringing an open and willing attitude toward all internal experiences — thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and memories — even those which are uncomfortable.  It does not mean resigning yourself to your circumstances or giving in to where pain usually leads you.  Commitment means actively working on what you truly care about, even when pain is present.

WHY WOULD I WANT TO ACCEPT PAINFUL INTERNAL EXPERIENCES?

There is a growing body of research which suggests that attempts to suppress or control internal experiences can make them worse and lead to the kinds of problems people seek therapy for.  When we stop struggling with these experiences, they paradoxically have less power.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

  • This will be a confidential, interactive seminar comprised of short educational components, group discussions, and lots of experiential exercises. All of us can conceptualize acceptance, but it’s hard to put it into practice. That’s where experiential exercises come into play.

  • We will use mindfulness strategies as our primary tool for relating to depression and anxiety. Mindfulness means “Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” It’s a bit like meditation.

  • You’ll be asked to practice some skills at home and do some brief reading between meetings.

  • You will be expected to do your best to attend all ten meetings.