An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

(Ben Snyder talking) I want you to all to try something with me. I want you to try everything that you can possibly think of doing every
thought process you can think of mental gymnastics you can do to try really hard
do your best in these next few moments to try not to think about a banana. So that’s the goal again though try not
to think about it. How’s it going? What are you noticing?
Check-in for a minute what are you noticing about trying not to think about
a banana? You might a lot of people notice the image of a banana in their
head it won’t go away. A lot of other people notice they can
even start to smell or even taste a banana, or they might even think about
monkeys because monkeys think about bananas so there’s all of this kind of
thoughts that are connected to this banana that you’re trying so hard not to
think about. Now this is a normal human thing. If we try not to think about
something our mind has to know what it is we’re trying not to think about so we
can’t do anything to try not to think about these things. Now we’re talking
about bananas but the reality is some people have a very very hard time with
this process. People with trauma, people with depression, people with really
problematic self esteems, people whose lives are falling apart deal with this
very same problem. The thoughts that they’re having are getting in the way,
they’re disruptive, they’re painful, and they can’t stop thinking about them you
can’t do anything consciously to get rid of them. In fact it tends to be stronger. So some people really need an additional help some people get stuck in their
lives because of these thoughts. So the solution here, so go back to banana, the
solution here is to just decide it’s okay to let banana hang out there the
thought about banana hang out there and do what matters. Do whatever it is you’re
doing you know. If you’re doing the dishes do the dishes if you’re cleaning
the you know cleaning the kitchen clean the kitchen if you’re doing work just do
work and oh yeah there’s banana oh yeah there’s banana again the solution is
just a let banana be there and eventually it’ll go away on its own. We
have an intensive outpatient therapy program as part of their clinic that is
designed around this very process that helps people unhook from these difficult
and painful thoughts and get in touch with who they are in the present moment
and move towards a life that they can live and want to live. It’s a process called acceptance and commitment therapy where
you accept the thought of banana or the thought of trauma or whatever, you get in
touch with the present moment, and you commit to living a life that is
worthwhile to you. So, our group is four days a week for three our sessions
starts at 9:00 a.m. and goes until noon Monday through Thursday and it also we
also require in weekly individual therapy with a member of the intensive
outpatient program team. We follow a curriculum, we do experiential exercises
that are designed to illustrate the different pieces of act. So, if you or a
loved one is really stuck in this kind of process you know plagued in a
controlled by these difficult thoughts and feelings, give us a call, let our
receptionist know that you’re interested in the acceptance and commitment therapy intensive outpatient program and if you happen not to be in the Twin Cities
Google acceptance and commitment therapy and get the help you need.

4 Replies to “An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy”

  1. Dear Choices Psychotherapy :), I would like to say, thank you, to you, for taking time, energy and effort to both upload and share this video with the youtube community. Thank You!

  2. I was genuinely able to not think about a banana though…does this mean I am insanely mentally healthy or something or what?

  3. I am not located near you. Your videos the first video I have watched about ACT. I never heard about it until I went to counseling today and I'm doing my research on what this therapy entails. Thank you for making it clear on what it generally consists of. Thank you again.

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