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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Awareness and understanding of how you think and react to challenges in your life can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life. This is especially true for those facing monumental challenges every day due to chronic pain disorders, illness or disabilities. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we offer advanced treatment modalities to improve physical pain and function, but we also understand the power of the mind. We offer psychotherapy as part of our treatment plans, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) at our clinics in San Jose and throughout the Bay Area.

Our team at Allied Pain & Spine Institute includes top doctors, surgeons and therapists from multiple disciplines that collaborate for the benefit of our patients. It often requires a multi-disciplinary approach to help patients with chronic pain or severely debilitating illnesses or injuries find recovery or relief. One of the components of a long-term treatment plan for those with chronic pain or other disabilities includes psychotherapy interventions such as ACT that can help patients live a higher quality of life through creating meaningful values and commitment to their well-being.

What Is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

Acceptance and Commitment therapy, or ACT, is a type of psychotherapy that combines mindfulness interventions with the practice of self- compassion (self-acceptance). Acceptance and commitment therapy, focuses on accepting distressful symptoms and committing to changing the reaction to the symptom. Some of the key factors of ACT include:

  • Acceptance
  • Mindful behavior
  • Attention to personal values or beliefs
  • Commitment to action
  • Fully engage with your life
  • Contact with the present moment

The goal with ACT is to learn to engage in meaningful behaviors that have personal value despite painful or uncomfortable symptoms or feelings. This modality of psychotherapy can benefit many people struggling with anxiety, stress, depression and some mental health disorders, as well as those with chronic pain or disabilities.

ACT for Chronic Pain Management

Acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT, can be a useful tool for those living with chronic pain. While many of our treatments at Allied Pain & Spine Institute focus on pain relief, some illnesses and disorders do not have a cure, and pain may only be managed. ACT gives patients tools to accept and view their symptoms in a new light instead of trying to suppress them. Acceptance, then the commitment to act and engage in behaviors that will enhance their lives, can significantly improve the quality of life for many patients.

Metaphors are an important aspect of ACT and how chronic pain or disabled patients learn to think differently about their physical limitations. Realizing that trying to fight their pain or suppress it is like trying to constantly push a balloon under water can help them focus that energy into other aspects of their life. ACT is personalized to the individual, helping them determine the values and beliefs that they want to focus on to live a more fulfilling life, despite their pain or disability.

Learn More About ACT in San Jose

If you have struggled with chronic pain or are living with a disability, contact us at Allied Pain & Spine Institute. Not only do we offer innovative, minimally invasive treatments for chronic pain and orthopedic injuries, we also offer psychotherapy options like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). These therapies can provide hope and improved quality of life for many people living with chronic pain or struggle with mental health problems.

To find out more about the treatment options for chronic pain, including acceptance and commitment therapy, contact us at Allied Pain & Spine Institute in San Jose. Call today to book your appointment for a pain management consultation.

Our Patient Reviews

Allied Pain & Spine Institute

Michelle T.

I fly in to see Dr. Petros from Southern California.  I wouldn't do so if he wasn't the best there is.  He is compassionate and has always treated me kindly. I can tell he is sincere in the way he talks to me and is diligently looking for solutions that work best with me and my chronic pain needs.  Very out of the box approach, which I appreciate these days!  I would truly recommend Dr. Petros to anyone looking for a Dr. that not only cares about you as a patient but has the confidence and skill set to get results! His office staff is friendly and caring too.  Allied Pain and Spine Institute is the Gold Standard in pain care in my humble opinion!! When I find a doctor that understands the issue and always goes above and beyond to help me, I do what I can to continue seeing them. I am so glad I found this office!!

Louise W.

Dr Petros is amazing!  When he uses a needle his aim is "right on".  He is also very personable, an altogether great guy.  I always find my visits to him to be very informative. I have had both sides of my degenerated back injected (epidural shots) with complete success.  He allows me to have no sedative, which is cool because his jokes and stories in the operating room are really good.  He greatly enjoys his work, and enjoys the difficult challenges of getting a needle into the right place in my back.  My arthritic knee is perhaps more straight-forward, but other doctors have failed to give me pain relief.  Dr Petros studies the structure with ultrasound before injecting it.  The result - instant relief! On my recent visit for a broken back (ski accident) the doctor and staff were very accommodating to help me make a dinner engagement shortly after my appointment.  This is definitely a five-star operation!

Ellie O.

Wow, wonderful doctor!!! I avoid all the doctors like the plague...seriously it makes my blood pressure go up when I have to go but I chose Dr. Vaidya. My friend referred him to me, he's simply the best... TOP NOTCH!!! He turned out to be a breath of fresh air. Dr. Vaidya really stands out head and shoulders above everyone else. I usually don't write reviews but he's so outstanding that I really wanted to do it for him. He's the most honest and caring doctor I have met.  He listens and gives you full attention and committed to find the best individual solution for you. He always goes out of his way to get you the most appropriate treatment and he will make it happen. He's very knowledgeable in his field. He's very professional, friendly, personable and definitely easy to talk to. His integrity is very valuable. He's one of the sharpest and most driven individuals you will ever meet.

Keith M.

Simply the best doctors and staff in the area. I've fought back and neck pain for over 30 years, and Dr. Petros and his team have kept me from the operating table and able to enjoy my life. I've had injections, acupuncture, as well as back braces. He listens to my concerns, cares very deeply for my pain and discomfort, and has successfully treated everything from stenosis, pinched nerves, herniated disks, and even helped me with the symptoms from shingles and lung disease. I couldn't be happier with the care he has given me over the years.

Kaitlin Z.

Dr. Vaidya has changed my life. I am in my late 20s with chronic pain and nothing had worked until I came here. All services here are wonderful and the staff is absolutely amazing. I can't recommend enough!!

Tracy B.

I have been a patient of Dr. Vaidya for a few years after not getting what I needed from other spine and pain doctors. I was looking for a doctor who would think outside the box and come up with some other ways to treat my growing amount of pain. Between Dr. Petros and Dr. Vaidya, they have brought me to a place where my pain is better managed. And let's just talk about bedside manners! I have never met doctors in the past 23 years of this back journey of mine that has as amazing bedside manners as these guys. I have cried and laughed with the team at Allied Spine. The way that I am always greeted and promptly cared for is bar none! The front office staff, and especially Nas, has been a God sent. I would never go anywhere else.

Justin P.

I am a new patient of DR Petros and my experience was great for my first two visits so far. He really takes time to listen to your issues and provides thorough answers and treatment options. The front desk staff are all very nice and respond in a timely manner to requests. Highly recommended all around!

Lisa A.

I have seen Dr. Vaidya for about 2 years. He is an amazing doctor.the attention and care you receive is well over 5 stars. He knows who I am by my face, he knows my health history with out looking in my chart, he remembers conversations we have had at previous appointments. He truly cares for his patients. I will be moving our of state, and will travel back here each month to see doctor Vaidya. I lost my insurance over a year ago and pay out of pocket to see the doctor, it is worth every penny to be treated with respect, as a person and with care. I love all the staff and feel like I am visiting family when I come in for my appointments.

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