Positive Psychology Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

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Lawrence Marcucci
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
Professionally speaking, I operate from a Cognitive-Behavioral standpoint but I also incorporate Existential Psychology, Positive Psychology, and Humanistic Psychology.
Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do, or think the way that you think? Or have you been feeling stuck in a feeling and want to make a change? I do my very best to create a safe space for my patients and make authentic observations about lifestyle, thinking patterns, relationship/attachment styles, and clinical symptoms so that you can understand yourself better. Sometimes starting therapy with a new clinician can be a challenging and/or intimidating process, and I try to be as realistic as possible. I also understand that no one is perfect, and I come from a person-centered non-judgmental approach to therapy.
Professionally speaking, I operate from a Cognitive-Behavioral standpoint but I also incorporate Existential Psychology, Positive Psychology, and Humanistic Psychology.
Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do, or think the way that you think? Or have you been feeling stuck in a feeling and want to make a change? I do my very best to create a safe space for my patients and make authentic observations about lifestyle, thinking patterns, relationship/attachment styles, and clinical symptoms so that you can understand yourself better. Sometimes starting therapy with a new clinician can be a challenging and/or intimidating process, and I try to be as realistic as possible. I also understand that no one is perfect, and I come from a person-centered non-judgmental approach to therapy.
(424) 400-8906 View (424) 400-8906
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Sara R. van Koningsveld
Counselor, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA
Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90036  (Online Only)
My practice integrates: CBT, positive psychology, mindfulness, and holistic approaches.
Life gets difficult. -Our distress may make us uncomfortable, overwhelmed, anxious, angry, sad and/or depressed. -Maybe we experienced a job loss, have to move, had a significant relationship end, or experienced a major shift, change, or transition in our life. -Really, we want to feel "better" and "happier", but how do we get there? Short-term counseling or coaching can help and sometimes we needed to address deeper issues and patterns through psychotherapy. Each of us is different, but maybe you found your way here because you are ready to let go, ready to grow, and ready for something new, different, and better for your life.
My practice integrates: CBT, positive psychology, mindfulness, and holistic approaches.
Life gets difficult. -Our distress may make us uncomfortable, overwhelmed, anxious, angry, sad and/or depressed. -Maybe we experienced a job loss, have to move, had a significant relationship end, or experienced a major shift, change, or transition in our life. -Really, we want to feel "better" and "happier", but how do we get there? Short-term counseling or coaching can help and sometimes we needed to address deeper issues and patterns through psychotherapy. Each of us is different, but maybe you found your way here because you are ready to let go, ready to grow, and ready for something new, different, and better for your life.
(323) 210-4786 View (323) 210-4786
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Rita Romero
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90026
My name is Rita Romero and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Southern California. I help clients manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, relationship stress, dual diagnoses and mood disorders. I treat both adolescent and adult clients. My approach to therapy is specific to my client's needs. My person-centered approach helps clients and I build a mutual understanding of the therapeutic process that best serves them. The most common therapeutic modalities I use include Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.
My name is Rita Romero and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Southern California. I help clients manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, relationship stress, dual diagnoses and mood disorders. I treat both adolescent and adult clients. My approach to therapy is specific to my client's needs. My person-centered approach helps clients and I build a mutual understanding of the therapeutic process that best serves them. The most common therapeutic modalities I use include Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.
(323) 443-3873 View (323) 443-3873
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Valencia Harriott
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Compassionate by nature and by nurture, Val is a licensed clinical psychologist with a heart for people, a mind for science, and a welcoming sense of humor. Her training and experience is based in cognitive behavioral therapy and behavioral medicine, with additional interests in positive psychology and Black women’s mental health. Val values a collaborative approach to therapy, and fosters an environment where clients feel seen and heard as they journey towards meeting their goals.
Compassionate by nature and by nurture, Val is a licensed clinical psychologist with a heart for people, a mind for science, and a welcoming sense of humor. Her training and experience is based in cognitive behavioral therapy and behavioral medicine, with additional interests in positive psychology and Black women’s mental health. Val values a collaborative approach to therapy, and fosters an environment where clients feel seen and heard as they journey towards meeting their goals.
(213) 306-5582 View (213) 306-5582
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Jane Reardon
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90036
If you're having difficulty navigating some of your relationships and feel stuck in certain aspects of your life, let's explore what's holding you back . Through a spontaneous and highly interactive therapeutic relationship, you'll discover correlations between your personal history, any traumatic events and your present reality. Combining EMDR, positive psychology and specific strategies to re-direct your neural pathways, I'd like to help you separate what was from what is, and where you'd like to be, so you can stop repeating destructive patterns and become available to live the life you love.
If you're having difficulty navigating some of your relationships and feel stuck in certain aspects of your life, let's explore what's holding you back . Through a spontaneous and highly interactive therapeutic relationship, you'll discover correlations between your personal history, any traumatic events and your present reality. Combining EMDR, positive psychology and specific strategies to re-direct your neural pathways, I'd like to help you separate what was from what is, and where you'd like to be, so you can stop repeating destructive patterns and become available to live the life you love.
(323) 314-1509 View (323) 314-1509
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Melissa Querry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90071  (Online Only)
I utilize several approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness & Concentration, and I am heavy on goal-setting, attainment and homework between sessions.
Do you feel stuck but aren't sure why? Do you feel a lack of meaning or purpose? Do you want to make changes but lack the clarity, direction or motivation to get started?
I utilize several approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness & Concentration, and I am heavy on goal-setting, attainment and homework between sessions.
Do you feel stuck but aren't sure why? Do you feel a lack of meaning or purpose? Do you want to make changes but lack the clarity, direction or motivation to get started?
(562) 242-3781 View (562) 242-3781
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Positive Psychology - Dr John Drimmer
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
I use Positive Psychology to inspire and improve lives. I'm told I'm warm, down to earth, and that I have a good sense of humor. . I believe therapy needs to show results. Not years later — but soon. I see both individuals and couples. My approach combines Positive Psychology and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), with mindfulness and a powerful mix of the best approaches known to modern psychology. I take an uplifting holistic approach.
I use Positive Psychology to inspire and improve lives. I'm told I'm warm, down to earth, and that I have a good sense of humor. . I believe therapy needs to show results. Not years later — but soon. I see both individuals and couples. My approach combines Positive Psychology and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), with mindfulness and a powerful mix of the best approaches known to modern psychology. I take an uplifting holistic approach.
(424) 351-9144 View (424) 351-9144
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Couples Counseling of Santa Monica/Dr John Drimmer
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
I teach couples powerful tools and give homework. My background is in Positive Psychology. People describe me as warm, down-to-earth and they say I have a good sense of humor. I think couples therapy should be uplifting -- and show results. I help all kinds of couples: married and unmarried, straight, gay, and couples soon to marry. I'm dedicated to helping couples overcome their problems. I'm even-handed and I find solutions. (And on a personal note, I've been happily married for 30 years). I combine Positive Psychology, CBT, mindfulness, Gottman, and the best of contemporary psychology. I taught in the medical school at UCLA.
I teach couples powerful tools and give homework. My background is in Positive Psychology. People describe me as warm, down-to-earth and they say I have a good sense of humor. I think couples therapy should be uplifting -- and show results. I help all kinds of couples: married and unmarried, straight, gay, and couples soon to marry. I'm dedicated to helping couples overcome their problems. I'm even-handed and I find solutions. (And on a personal note, I've been happily married for 30 years). I combine Positive Psychology, CBT, mindfulness, Gottman, and the best of contemporary psychology. I taught in the medical school at UCLA.
(424) 331-1436 View (424) 331-1436
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Wendy F Lin
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90024
After practicing psychotherapy for seventeen years at UCLA and Cornell University, I've come to realize that as human beings, we make the most change when we're able to harness the power of positive thinking and doing. A positive mind leads to resilience, self-confidence, and sustained happiness. Contrary to what you may believe, ordinary people like you and me can learn positive psychology. It isn't as hard as you think because we're born with the ability to heal ourselves and succeed in life. It's something to experience and discover for yourself. Happiness IS possible.
After practicing psychotherapy for seventeen years at UCLA and Cornell University, I've come to realize that as human beings, we make the most change when we're able to harness the power of positive thinking and doing. A positive mind leads to resilience, self-confidence, and sustained happiness. Contrary to what you may believe, ordinary people like you and me can learn positive psychology. It isn't as hard as you think because we're born with the ability to heal ourselves and succeed in life. It's something to experience and discover for yourself. Happiness IS possible.
(424) 210-7953 View (424) 210-7953
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Tom Liu
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SEP, IFS, EMDR, EFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I have 600 hours of post-graduate certifications in: EMDR, IFS, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing and Positive Psychology.
Are you feeling under-motivated, stuck in a career you don't want, in an emotionally draining relationship, and not feeling any zest for life? Are you a high performer who doesn’t know how to quiet your anxiety? Does the life you dream of seem very far from where you are today? Are your past traumas continuously affecting your present life? I can help you! If you are between the ages of 18 to 60 and have faced significant challenges, you need a therapist/coach who is passionate about his profession and uses the best, scientifically backed methodologies to help you heal from the past, engage in your present, and reshape your future!
I have 600 hours of post-graduate certifications in: EMDR, IFS, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing and Positive Psychology.
Are you feeling under-motivated, stuck in a career you don't want, in an emotionally draining relationship, and not feeling any zest for life? Are you a high performer who doesn’t know how to quiet your anxiety? Does the life you dream of seem very far from where you are today? Are your past traumas continuously affecting your present life? I can help you! If you are between the ages of 18 to 60 and have faced significant challenges, you need a therapist/coach who is passionate about his profession and uses the best, scientifically backed methodologies to help you heal from the past, engage in your present, and reshape your future!
(310) 307-8104 View (310) 307-8104
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Ali Behar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90046
My approach is tailored to meet your unique needs, drawing from evidence-based techniques of CBT, DBT, mindfulness and Positive Psychology- all to help you foster a deep sense of self-belief.
I'm Ali, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW84547) dedicated to helping women and men thrive in all areas of life. Born and raised in Miami, Florida — I earned my bachelor’s degree at University of Pennsylvania and completed my Master’s in Social Work at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. I specialize in working with women and men in their 20s and 30s, offering a warm and compassionate space where you can explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences.
My approach is tailored to meet your unique needs, drawing from evidence-based techniques of CBT, DBT, mindfulness and Positive Psychology- all to help you foster a deep sense of self-belief.
I'm Ali, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW84547) dedicated to helping women and men thrive in all areas of life. Born and raised in Miami, Florida — I earned my bachelor’s degree at University of Pennsylvania and completed my Master’s in Social Work at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. I specialize in working with women and men in their 20s and 30s, offering a warm and compassionate space where you can explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences.
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Dr. John Drimmer
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
I taught Positive Psychology to the med students at UCLA and have done this work for 25 years.
I'm told I'm warm, smart, and that I have a good sense of humor. (Sometimes my dog likes to sit in on sessions.) I believe therapy has got to change lives -- and be enjoyable. Unlike some therapists, I believe in setting goals and tracking progress. Why go to therapy without results? What's my specialty? Helping people free themselves from what holds them back. My approach combines Positive Psychology and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) with mindfulness and a creative mix of the best approaches known to modern psychology.
I taught Positive Psychology to the med students at UCLA and have done this work for 25 years.
I'm told I'm warm, smart, and that I have a good sense of humor. (Sometimes my dog likes to sit in on sessions.) I believe therapy has got to change lives -- and be enjoyable. Unlike some therapists, I believe in setting goals and tracking progress. Why go to therapy without results? What's my specialty? Helping people free themselves from what holds them back. My approach combines Positive Psychology and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) with mindfulness and a creative mix of the best approaches known to modern psychology.
(424) 373-3205 View (424) 373-3205
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Alex Megarit
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SEP
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
It is my belief that healing comes from within you, and within the context of relationship. I practice Somatic Experiencing therapy, which focuses on positive psychology and the concept of healing at a biological and nervous system level (reconnecting the mind and body as one). As a facilitator and witness to this healing, I have had the privilege of working with clients experiencing a variety of presenting issues. I aim to provide a space for you to be your truest self, to help you to create more balance in your life, to break free from old patterns, and to expand your natural capacity to heal.
It is my belief that healing comes from within you, and within the context of relationship. I practice Somatic Experiencing therapy, which focuses on positive psychology and the concept of healing at a biological and nervous system level (reconnecting the mind and body as one). As a facilitator and witness to this healing, I have had the privilege of working with clients experiencing a variety of presenting issues. I aim to provide a space for you to be your truest self, to help you to create more balance in your life, to break free from old patterns, and to expand your natural capacity to heal.
(661) 528-4968 View (661) 528-4968
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Dr. Sara Assar
Psychologist, PsyD, MMFT
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
I draw upon modalities such as, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness.
Welcome, I am a Holistic and Behavioral Medicine Psychologist who has trained at world renowned institutions. My purpose is to assist you toward attaining self empowerment, optimal fulfillment and happiness. I have developed expertise in various areas of psychological, emotional, and health concerns. My primary approach is to help you live authentically to your purpose and manifest your highest goals aligned with your values and vision. I use an optimistic lens to view your concerns and integrate the biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors to understand and remedy your concerns.
I draw upon modalities such as, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness.
Welcome, I am a Holistic and Behavioral Medicine Psychologist who has trained at world renowned institutions. My purpose is to assist you toward attaining self empowerment, optimal fulfillment and happiness. I have developed expertise in various areas of psychological, emotional, and health concerns. My primary approach is to help you live authentically to your purpose and manifest your highest goals aligned with your values and vision. I use an optimistic lens to view your concerns and integrate the biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors to understand and remedy your concerns.
(424) 567-7549 View (424) 567-7549
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Dr. Angel Faith
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Online Only)
I will use a combination of CBT, Solution Focused Therapy and Positive Psychology to help you make meaningful progress as rapidly as possible.
I specialize in working with adults who have the following concerns: Lack of productivity, Anxiety, Depression and/or Relationship issues. My approach to therapy is collaborative and catered to your specific needs. I am direct and active in session (as opposed to being a passive listener); I believe that this creates the most potential for rapid progress and growth. In addition to alleviating symptoms, therapy should enhance wellness, which is why I am passionate about using interventions that build upon your unique strengths, values and skills to help you reach your goals.
I will use a combination of CBT, Solution Focused Therapy and Positive Psychology to help you make meaningful progress as rapidly as possible.
I specialize in working with adults who have the following concerns: Lack of productivity, Anxiety, Depression and/or Relationship issues. My approach to therapy is collaborative and catered to your specific needs. I am direct and active in session (as opposed to being a passive listener); I believe that this creates the most potential for rapid progress and growth. In addition to alleviating symptoms, therapy should enhance wellness, which is why I am passionate about using interventions that build upon your unique strengths, values and skills to help you reach your goals.
(323) 922-5056 View (323) 922-5056
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Katherine Rose Peters Phd
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025  (Online Only)
Therefore, I use therapies that include strength building, solution focused, positive psychology, skills building and Cognitive Behavioral modalities which can help lead to happiness and to changing behaviors, thoughts and feelings.
It is difficult to ask for help and even more difficult to chose a psychologist. This is especially true if you are in crisis, having difficulty coping, worried about a loved one or struggling with a low mood or anxiety. I've had 40 years of experience working with people. It is an adventure getting to know a new client and rewarding to watch them become happier, more effective and improve their life.
Therefore, I use therapies that include strength building, solution focused, positive psychology, skills building and Cognitive Behavioral modalities which can help lead to happiness and to changing behaviors, thoughts and feelings.
It is difficult to ask for help and even more difficult to chose a psychologist. This is especially true if you are in crisis, having difficulty coping, worried about a loved one or struggling with a low mood or anxiety. I've had 40 years of experience working with people. It is an adventure getting to know a new client and rewarding to watch them become happier, more effective and improve their life.
(310) 475-1286 View (310) 475-1286
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Harold Carrier
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90002
Approaches I have utilized have included cognitive behavioral, motivational enhancement, positive psychology, mindfulness, person-centered, and reality.
Hello, my name is Harold Ray Carrier, I am a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). I utilize various approaches with therapy, and I’m known for experience with anxiety, depression, conflict resolution, relationship challenges, adjustment challenges, and alcohol/other substance use challenges. I am comfortable working with all clients. I am experienced with males and females from the ages of 16-80. I am comfortable with a variety of challenges involving anxiety, depression, dual diagnosis, conflict resolution, relationship challenges, adjustment/change challenges, substance use, and more.
Approaches I have utilized have included cognitive behavioral, motivational enhancement, positive psychology, mindfulness, person-centered, and reality.
Hello, my name is Harold Ray Carrier, I am a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). I utilize various approaches with therapy, and I’m known for experience with anxiety, depression, conflict resolution, relationship challenges, adjustment challenges, and alcohol/other substance use challenges. I am comfortable working with all clients. I am experienced with males and females from the ages of 16-80. I am comfortable with a variety of challenges involving anxiety, depression, dual diagnosis, conflict resolution, relationship challenges, adjustment/change challenges, substance use, and more.
(510) 913-9962 View (510) 913-9962
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Heather Nisenbaum
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90034
These modalities could include Cognitive Behavioral skills, Acceptance and Commitment approaches, Positive Psychology, or others that may be the key to unlocking your best self.
Hello. My name is Heather Nisenbaum. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing care to clients struggling with life transitions, interpersonal challenges, and periods of depression, anxiety and addiction. I work with clients in late adolescence through adulthood. They commonly are having new or longstanding periods of depression and anxiety. These issues may be worsened by interpersonal or family issues. Anxiety, depression, substance misuse & recovery, trauma, and major life transitions are several areas of my clinical focus.
These modalities could include Cognitive Behavioral skills, Acceptance and Commitment approaches, Positive Psychology, or others that may be the key to unlocking your best self.
Hello. My name is Heather Nisenbaum. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing care to clients struggling with life transitions, interpersonal challenges, and periods of depression, anxiety and addiction. I work with clients in late adolescence through adulthood. They commonly are having new or longstanding periods of depression and anxiety. These issues may be worsened by interpersonal or family issues. Anxiety, depression, substance misuse & recovery, trauma, and major life transitions are several areas of my clinical focus.
(661) 320-8787 View (661) 320-8787
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Jenna Borrelli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90071  (Online Only)
I tailor my approach to best fit each person's needs but draw from the following theoretical orientations/modalities: CBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness practices, solution-focused therapy, and positive psychology.
Hello- I'm Jenna Borrelli and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California and Maryland. My background is in working with individuals and families. I have extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship and family issues, parenting challenges, life transitions, and personal growth/exploratory work. I am competent and enjoy working with the LGBTQ+ community as well. Making the decision to start therapy is your first and usually biggest hurdle toward feeling better or making a change in your life.
I tailor my approach to best fit each person's needs but draw from the following theoretical orientations/modalities: CBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness practices, solution-focused therapy, and positive psychology.
Hello- I'm Jenna Borrelli and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California and Maryland. My background is in working with individuals and families. I have extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship and family issues, parenting challenges, life transitions, and personal growth/exploratory work. I am competent and enjoy working with the LGBTQ+ community as well. Making the decision to start therapy is your first and usually biggest hurdle toward feeling better or making a change in your life.
(657) 571-1180 View (657) 571-1180
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Dr. Sarah Muñoz
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90071  (Online Only)
Dr. Sarah Muñoz is a Licensed Psychologist with 15 years of counseling experience in educational and community settings. She attended Hofstra University in Long Island, NY for her graduate training, and has worked in university, primary/secondary school and community mental health clinic settings since that time. Dr. Muñoz has worked extensively with adolescents, adults, and families presenting with a wide variety of mental health concerns. She is a strong advocate of all aspects of positive psychology, including mindfulness and health psychology, and believes that life enrichment is an integral part of the therapeutic process.
Dr. Sarah Muñoz is a Licensed Psychologist with 15 years of counseling experience in educational and community settings. She attended Hofstra University in Long Island, NY for her graduate training, and has worked in university, primary/secondary school and community mental health clinic settings since that time. Dr. Muñoz has worked extensively with adolescents, adults, and families presenting with a wide variety of mental health concerns. She is a strong advocate of all aspects of positive psychology, including mindfulness and health psychology, and believes that life enrichment is an integral part of the therapeutic process.
(925) 255-9477 View (925) 255-9477

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Positive Psychology Therapists

How does positive psychology therapy work?

Positive psychology therapy derives from the work of Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania. He and others developed the field of positive psychology building on humanistic theory. Positive psychology therapy is similar to acceptance and commitment therapy, and it essentially quiets emotional distress through positivity, contentment, and well-being. This therapy does not reduce the individual to symptoms and conditions.

When do I know if I need treatment using positive psychology?

If an individual is overwhelmed by emotional distress and general negativity, they may feel trapped. A positive psychology therapist can help them view their emotions and behaviors differently, and approach life with a better understanding of their positive strengths. This therapy can provide an individual with the coping skills needed for a healthier and more constructive life.

What should I expect from positive psychology therapy?

The patient may be asked to explore their signature strengths. The therapist will also ask the individual to talk about their goals, which should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. Discussing negative experiences and symptoms is important, but so is the exploration of positive experiences. The objective is to identify and lessen negative thoughts and behaviors and move toward optimal health and productivity. The individual will see life in a more positive and fulfilling way. This therapy is proactive and may use forgiveness, gratitude, hope, and compassion to help reframe negativity.

Is positive psychology effective in therapy?

Positive psychology therapy is evidence-based and effective. One study found that people with eating disorders benefit from this type of intervention. This therapy encourages the person to reframe their distressed thoughts and move into healthier patterns of functioning. This therapy also aims to move an individual toward what works well in their life. Positive psychology therapy can elicit lifelong change, with higher levels of satisfaction, less stress, as well as positive emotional and behavioral habits.