Kate* had always gone to the mountains for inspiration. As a native of Colorado, there was nothing more peaceful to her than taking in the beauty and stillness of the peaks before she took the exhilarating snowboard ride down the mountain. Shortly after her last ski trip, Kate was diagnosed with a heart condition which would require multiple surgeries over the course of several years. The prognosis was not good. Several weeks after her first surgery, she returned to her favorite ski resort to watch the snowboarders and take in the beauty of the mountains. Her surgery had left her weak and thin, and she no longer had the strength to snowboard. As she sat and took in the scenery, she couldn’t help but wonder how her life had changed so dramatically. At age 22, she felt like life as she knew it had come to a screeching halt. She wondered what her new life had in store for her and how she could accept the loss of her old life.
In order to cope with her emotions, Kate had to accept her health condition and the life changes that it brought. Acceptance of difficult events and emotions is often a major part of emotional healing. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one psychotherapy approach that emphasizes acceptance as a key part of healing. Please follow the link to read more about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
*Name has been changed to protect the individual’s identity. This individual has never been a patient of Dr. Becker or her colleagues. Story published with permission.