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What are acceptance-based therapies?

Ronald Siegel
Psychology
Acceptance-based therapies are psychotherapy techniques that use mindfulness (awareness and acceptance of your present experience) to help a person recognize and accept thoughts and feelings but not be controlled by them.

Several "acceptance-based" therapies explicitly use mindfulness, often combined with cognitive behavioral techniques, to help people who are depressed or anxious recognize when they are having negative thoughts ("no one likes me") and to accept and watch them dispassionately rather than getting caught up in the negativity. Some of these therapies also stress the positive psychology approach of identifying and acting in accordance with your values. Many hospitals and health centers now offer mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies.

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