How Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can help you live fully despite pain

This blog discusses the benefits of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for those dealing with chronic pain and/or chronic illness. ACT is a powerful framework that helps a person connect to their core values in order to maximize participation in meaningful activities despite the presence of uncomfortable sensations, thoughts, and emotions.

Please enjoy this conversation with Sarah Carr of MindfulSF on ACT, mindfulness, and leading a values-driven life in the presence of chronic pain. In this discussion we cover:

  • why mental health treatment can be helpful for chronic pain
  • what acceptance and commitment therapy entails
  • what acceptance means and why making space for unpleasant sensations and emotions is helpful
  • the role of unhelpful pain thoughts in the pain cycle, and how to unhook from them
  • how connecting with values can help you navigate back toward a fulfilling life
  • what mindfulness is and how it can enhance your life
  • how curiosity can help us neutralize resistance and fear
  • how ACT benefits patients as well as clinicians
  • the benefit of acknowledging our common humanity


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Please join me for my next Empowered Relief workshop on Saturday, March 27th from 1-3pm PST on zoom. Empowered Relief is a single-session pain class that rapidly equips patients with pain management skills. Developed at Stanford University, it delivers the most up to date evidence regarding persistent pain.


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