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Urgent Care For

Your Mental Health

Coming Soon

Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Get an appointment within 72 hours.

ACT URGENTLY

What is ACT Urgently?

Focused, Urgent, and Brief Counseling 

Our approach enables us to offer brief (less than 30 minute sessions), affordable ($35-60/session) and effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care within 72 hours with positive results typically occurring within 1-3 sessions. 

 

Our approach, Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT), is a model of therapy designed to help people manage distressing emotions, memories and symptoms in brief (less than 30 minutes), affordable ($35-60/session), and effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care within 72 hours with positive results typically occurring within 1-3 sessions. 

If you are dealing with a severe mental health challenge, such as planning suicide or drug overuse, you will need to go to your local emergency room or dial 911.  

Our Treatment Focus

Our Patient Promise

We help those dealing with chronic pain, anxiety and depression, become more open, aware, and engaged based on their inner strengths.  We achieve this with an evidenced based approach, listening to your concerns, and customizing a actionable plan with you in a safe, neutral space.

We promise to be there for you and help you:

  • Focus on places where your mind tends to get stuck

  • Accept the presence of distressing, unwanted private experiences

  • Choose a life path based in personal values

  • Take actions which propel you down that path

We promise to be there for you and to help you get through the immediate challenge by:

  • Pinpointing places where you tend to get stuck 

  • Show you ways to manage distressing experiences

  • Helping you find what matters most based upon your personal values so that you can discover actions you can take to become "unstuck" 

We promise to be there for you and help you:

  • Focus on unworkable results of avoidance

  • Accept the presence of distressing, unwanted private experiences

  • Choose a life path based in personal values

  • Take actions which propel you down that path

Who We Are

Todd Schmenk

Todd Schmenk, LMHC

Savannah Finan

Savannah Finan, Intern

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Guliana Signorelli Intern

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Peter Binnings, LICSW

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is This The Right Service For Me?

This service is designed for those experiencing an ongoing situation where you find yourself in an unworkable pattern, feeling "stuck", "overwhelmed", or "hopeless" and needing some relief as soon as possible.  It is particularly helpful for those dealing with distressing emotions, recurring thoughts, and physical challenges such as low energy, anxiety, panic attacks, chronic pain issues, and depression. 

Is Such A Brief Intervention Really That Useful?

Evidence demonstrates that significant gains are made within the first 3-5 sessions, although it is not uncommon for someone to make a significant adjustment and decrease their distress with just 1-3, 30 minutes or less sessions. 

This does not mean that you cannot move into a more typical approach for further support later on, but focuses on the fact that a good number of people can address their issues if the format is kept focused and brief.  This format also allows us to see more people, more quickly and with a reduced price in a time when there are higher costs and long wait lists. 

Is Insurance Accepted?

Given the nature of this program, insurance is not accepted.  This program has been set up to make sure people have access to services at a low cost (typically at about the same cost as a copay) and to get those in need in as soon as possible.  This effort is made possible by having mental health counseling interns get the hours they need for their own licensing under the careful supervision of local colleges and a licensed therapist who oversees their work. 

What is Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT)?

Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (fACT), the primary approach used within the ACT Urgently program, is a brief version of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.   The basic way it works is by learning how to deal with past hurts and difficult emotions in order to progress to a meaningful future.  Most people who are struggling with their thoughts, feelings and emotions are usually using "helping techniques" that are not working.  Trying the same things, yet hoping for different results. 

In fACT, the focus is instead on living life in accordance with personal values and learning how to exchange responses that aren’t working with workable behaviors.  The goal is not to get rid of the experience (although a reduction of symptoms is often a side effect) but to provide a way to endure based upon an individual's strengths and development of new skills.  This approach works equally as well via telehealth as in person.

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that stems from traditional behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives.

A Specialized Program by AQAL Therapies Inc.