Trinity Teen Solutions understands that you’re looking for the best therapy for your troubled teen girl, and we’re here to help at our safe, licensed residential treatment center in scenic Wyoming. One of our evidenced-based therapies that we use is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) helps a teen girl understand and accept her inner emotions. ACT therapists can help teens use a deeper understanding of their emotional struggles to commit to moving forward in a positive way.
ACT includes mindfulness skills, which encourages a teen girl to take action based upon her own values and in ways that will ultimately enrich her life.
ACT is different from many therapy approaches in that it does not focus much on symptom reduction. Rather, ACT believes that teens can live fulfilling and enriched lives by using the ACT principles regardless of symptoms. Harris (2009) points out that ACT assumes:
- Quality of life is primarily dependent upon mindful, values-guided action, and
- This is possible regardless of how many symptoms you have– provided that you respond to your symptoms with mindfulness.
Helping Teen Girls Deal with Painful Experiences
ACT assumes that human suffering is natural and normal and a common experience of all humans. ACT believes that this is due to human language as our mind creates suffering through negative self-talk and undesired memories and thoughts arise.
One of the goals of ACT is to help teen girls deal with this inevitable pain of human experience through the process of mindfulness. As Harris (2009) describes it, “mindfulness means paying attention with flexibility, openness, and curiosity.”
The six core therapeutic processes of ACT include:
- Contacting the present moment
This process refers to being in the moment. It is very difficult for many human beings to be in the moment. People are often thinking about something other than what is going on in front of them or trying to multitask and not really paying attention to what they are doing.
This process refers to being able to separate ourselves from our thoughts. This is a matter of being able to step back from our thoughts and not cling to them so tightly. Instead, we should look at them as just thoughts, just words or pictures.
This process means making room for negative experiences in our minds. We don’t have to like any of the painful things we have experienced or any of the unpleasant thoughts we have, but acceptance simply means allowing them to be.
This process refers to being able to understand the “observing self.” There are two different aspects to the mind, the thinking self and the observing self. Most people think of the mind as being the thinking self, the part of us that comes up with thoughts, beliefs, memories, and so on.But many people aren’t aware of the observing self, the part of our mind that is able to step back and simply observe the thinking self and the rest of our own being. This part of yourself is and always will be the same you whereas our thinking self and physical self can change.
This process encourages us to identify what we want to stand for, what truly matters to us. Identifying your own values can help you to make decisions in regards to taking action about behavior change. Values might also be referred to as “chosen life directions.”
- Committed action
This process is about taking values-congruent action. In this process, individuals make behavior change that is based upon their own values. There are many different behavioral interventions that can be implemented in this process, such as goal setting, skills training, self-soothing, and time management.
If your girl has experienced inevitable human suffering, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy is a resource for her to experience moving forward in healthy mindfulness, openness, and safe curiosity.
Finest Residential Therapeutic Services and Holistic Healing
Trinity Teen Solutions offers the finest residential healing and therapeutic services available to troubled girls between the ages of 12-17. Surrounded by protected forest, Trinity’s campus sprawls over 160 acres of the most beautiful land in America. Our Christian faith-based approach to healing, and family-style living environment–plus the equine, animal and recreational therapy–helps each struggling teen girl calm and renew her mind, and body and soul. We also work with teen girls and their families to develop the skills necessary to build positive, healthy relationships. That’s an important part of our goal for teen girls who enroll at Trinity Teen Solutions. We want her to acquire the emotional, social and mental skills needed to reach her God-given potential in life, and we’re here to help.
To learn how we can help your troubled girl, call us now at (307) 202-8400.
—For more information on this topic, visit American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry https://pro.psychcentral.com/child-therapist/2016/12/act-acceptance-and-commitment-therapy-a-summary/