One of the therapeutic approaches I utilize in my practice is Positive Psychology, and I am sometimes asked what it is. Positive Psychology is sometimes referred to as “the science of happiness.” Unlike more traditional psychology that focuses on emotional disturbances and the symptoms of mental illnesses, positive psychology places more attention on positive thinking patterns and behaviors that are more forward thinking rather than digging into the negative experiences that have happened in the past. In the positive psychology approach, I explore with the client their strengths, such as their hopefulness, optimism, and confidence of a successful outcomes, rather than their fears or weaknesses.
The Positive Psychology approach believes the key to building resilience is through life experiences and helping people identify and build their own core strengths and virtues that helped them get through those life experiences. The goal of therapy is to minimize negative thinking patterns, and develop a more optimistic outlook that enhances their life experiences. As a positive psychology based therapist and coach, I utilize a variety of interventions to help my clients become aware of their own strengths and capabilities. While this type of therapy does help clients process and discuss their troubles, it focuses on ways that clients can utilize their core strengths, whether they are experiencing negative life transitions, depression, stress and/or anxiety.
To read more about Positive Psychology in detail, “Authentic Happiness”, by Dr. Martin Seligman, is a national bestseller, and “The Happiness Project”, by Dr. Robert Holden, are both wonderful resources for this optimistic approach! I truly appreciate the positive results of this approach and utilize this training in my practice, as well as in my own life, and love to see the amazing benefits my with clients!