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What is Positive Psychology?

My MSc is Applied Positive Psychology – I completed one of the first Positive Psychology programmes that ran in the UK. This approach was a reaction to psychology’s tendency to pathologise conditions which meant that ‘therapy’ was designed to get people from a minus situation to a neutral position (i.e. correcting weaknesses through therapy and medication). Professor Martin Seligman, the originator of this new psychology, proposed that therapy should be getting people from a neutral position to a plus position. Positive Psychologists, therefore, ¬†explore ‘character strengths’, ‘meaning & intrinsic motivation’, effective family and community flourishing.

What holds us back is a kind of learnt helplessness. Seligman’s extensive research and subsequently that of many other psychologists, has been developing approaches to happiness, creativity, well-being, hope and resilience, wonderful lives and many other possible options to guide us towards ‘the good life’. Many of these terms are new to psychology and have now become common language within the media as well.

Working together, although you will appreciate that there is no ‘treatment’ of a condition it is possible to define your strengths and manage weaknesses effectively.

What kind of issues will you be bringing?

There really isn’t an exclusive list of issues you can bring to these sessions. Generally hidden issues do surface but some of the things that are likely to emerge in these sessions may include:

* Anxiety * Family Issues * Workplace Issues
* Panic * Parenthood * Workplace Relationship Interaction
* Stress * Relationships * Life Goals
* Depression * Self Development * Smoking Cessation
* Phobias

The list is really quite endless and even though your issues might well fall into one of the above categories, you are unique and will have developed your own views on things governed by your own individual experiences.