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TopicPositive Psychology and Counselling

  • Tue 3rd Dec 2019 - 5:40am

    Positive Psychology is an ever growing branch of psychology and since its ethos is about getting the most out of life,  Advanced Adaptogen Complex  I believe it can be readily used in counselling.

    For many years psychology has focused on looking at problems and seeing if anything can be done about them. As a result so much focus seems to have been on what's wrong rather than what's right with people. Somehow people have become victims of their genes and environment and the best they can hope for is to learn how to tread water. Positive Psychology offers more than this. It teaches people how to swim and to swim well. We don't just have to 'make do'. It recognises that people are capable of real growth and change.

    There are many ways Positive Psychology can be used in counselling and in fact it often flows quite well into widely accepted techniques such as Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. For instance Solution Focused Therapy works to help the client recognise what they are already doing in their life, noting what's better for them and what worked well in the past. Focus is on the solution rather than the problem. Whereas Seligman's work on learning optimism is about recognising unhelpful thought patterns and learning to dispute and replace them. This is a fundamental aspect of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

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