Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Teens

Parents can often face a unique challenge during their child's teenage years. You may be looking for ways to help your teen cope with their adolescence in a healthy way. If your teen is experiencing mental health issues, one approach you may want to consider is acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Understanding ACT

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Teens?

Acceptance and commitment therapy for teenagers is based on the idea that thoughts and feelings don't have to control your behavior. Instead, teens can choose how to act, even if their thoughts and emotions are uncomfortable. This is different from cognitive behavioral therapy which focuses on recognizing negative thoughts and changing them.

ACT for adolescents specifically helps them learn how to deal with the teenage years in a more productive way. The goal is to help teens accept the things they cannot change and commit to taking action in areas they can control.

Acceptance and commitment therapy can help with a variety of teen mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance abuse.

ACT Benefits

Benefits of ACT for Teens

There are many benefits that acceptance and commitment therapy can bring for teens. One benefit is that it can help them learn to accept themselves for who they are. It can also help teens become more mindful of their thoughts and emotions, and learn to handle difficult situations. Lastly, ACT can help teens learn that negative experiences are a part of life but it’s how you respond to them that matters. This can help teens have a more positive outlook.

Principles of Teen ACT

6 Core Principles of Teen Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and commitment therapy is founded on six core principles that help teens develop psychological flexibility. These principles allow teens to focus on the big picture as they work through their emotions. The six core principles of ACT for teens are:

Teen ACT by Key Healthcare

Teen Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Los Angeles, CA

Key Healthcare provides ACT for teenagers as a part of our teen treatment programs. Teens will participate in individual and group therapy sessions that utilize ACT to treat their mental health condition(s). To learn more about our intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential, and extended care programs, contact us today.

Insurances We Accept

Up to 100% of the Costs Covered by Insurance

Key Healthcare works with a majority of health insurance providers and depending on your plan, 100% of the costs may be covered. Verify your insurance to get more information about your coverage.

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