Acceptance Commitment Therapy for college students with Empower Counseling offers many benefits. Act for college students has been the subject of many scientific studies. Researchers have found that Acceptance Commitment Therapy for college students lowers stress, anxiety and depressions symptoms, increases student overall well-being, as well as, produces increased school engagement.
The top 5 benefits of Acceptance Commitment therapy for college students with Empower Counseling:
1. Reduced Anxiety and Depression Symptoms
Acceptance Commitment Therapy has several components. Empower Counseling uses Act to get to the bottom of any thoughts causing your college student anxiety or depression. We all create pictures of who we think we are based on our own experiences. Often times these pictures contain cognitive distortions, something that might seem truth or fact to us but is merely a belief. Through Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Kathryn with Empower Counseling, can help your college student become aware of cognitive distortions, or unhelpful thinking, that is causing her/him anxiety and or depression. Once your student becomes aware of these cognitive distortions, she/he can begin to let go of these thoughts causing her/him such difficulty.
Mindfulness is one aspect that moves your college student away from anxiety and depression and closer to well-being.
Another aspect of ACT that helps reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression in college students is action toward values.
Behavior is an important part of counseling for anxiety and depression. With Acceptance Commitment Therapy we do not simply address the thoughts contributing to the anxiety and depression of college students. We look closely at behavior as well.
Anxiety and depression shrinks the lives of those suffering from either or both. When you are anxious or depressed, your brain tells you, that you can’t or don’t want to do the things that take you out of your comfort zone. When you stay locked in your comfort zone, you become less and less satisfied with life, and more depressed and anxious.
Through Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Empower Counseling works with your college student to identify what she/he values in all 8 major areas of life. Then Kathryn helps your student begin to take action toward what is important to her/him. Through this action, your college student becomes less anxious and depressed, and more satisfied with life.
2. acceptance commitment therapy for college students with empower counseling Increases self-worth.
Self-worth is different from self-esteem. Self-worth is about who you are not what you do. Self-worth goes deeper than self esteem. It is knowing that regardless of how you think about yourself, you are still fundamentally valuable as a person. Basing self-worth on results is the quickest way to low self-worth. Nothing external can change your internal value.
Through ACT, Kathryn will help your college student become clear join her/his intrinsic worth. When your self-worth is a constant, unaffected by outcomes, your student can create firm boundaries protecting her/his self worth.
3. Increased self-esteem and self-confidence.
Anxiety and depression tries to tell us that we are incapable, we cannot or do not want to do the things that make us happy and make us feel good about who we are. Acceptance Commitment Therapy with Empower Counseling will help your college student become aware of what she/he must take action on to feel good about who she/he is. Kathryn will help your young adult gain clarity about the person she/he wants to be and the actions that person takes. When you take action toward what you value, your self-esteem and self-confidence increase.
4. ACCEPTANCE COMMITMENT THERAPY FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH EMPOWER COUNSELING leads to less impulsive behavior
Impulsive action occurs when we are not clear about what is most important to us, when we are just floating through life. Impulsive action occurs when we are ruled by or guided by our emotions. When your college student becomes clear on what she/he values, it becomes easier to take intentional action toward what she/he values. Intentional action is the opposite of impulsive action. Empower counseling uses ACT to help your college student accept her/his emotions and experience them, but not be controlled by them.
5. Increased social interaction.
As you have already learned, ACT helps your student become aware of the thoughts keeping her from stepping our of her comfort zone-keeping her stuck, anxious, or depressed. Action outside of this comfort zone increase self-esteem and self-confidence. When we feel good about ourselves interaction with others becomes so much easier.
Bonus: A huge bonus of ACT for college students is that often students become clear on what they want their lives to look like in the future.
Arguably one of the biggest benefits of Acceptance Commitment Therapy for college student with Empower Counseling is that clients often become clear on what they want their futures to look like. I have seen many clients who were unclear about what they wanted life to look like during and after college. These same clients found clarity about who they wanted to be and what direction they wanted to go in life.
Whether your college student is suffering from anxiety or depression, self-esteem issues, or is floating through life unsure of her/his direction, Acceptance Commitment Therapy with Empower Counseling might just be the answer you have been looking for.
Empower offers in-person and online counseling for colleges students at Samford, Birmingham-Southern, Auburn University, University of Alabama, and all other colleges in the state of Alabama. Empower Counseling offers anxiety treatment and depression counseling for teen, college students, young adults and professionals.
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