Positive Psychology Therapists in San Jose, CA

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Elizabeth Davis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95123
Welcome! My name is Elizabeth Davis, and I am licensed in CA. Therapy is considered a partnership. I am here to help guide and support you through times in life where you may be struggling with stress/anxiety, depression, parenthood, family issues, career/entrepreneurship, money/finances, trauma, self-love and relationships. I have familiarity working with clients who experience anxiety, depression, PTSD/trauma, parenting issues, pregnancy/parenting related and relationship issues. CBT, DBT, positive psychology, brainspotting, solution focused, holistic and client centered.
Welcome! My name is Elizabeth Davis, and I am licensed in CA. Therapy is considered a partnership. I am here to help guide and support you through times in life where you may be struggling with stress/anxiety, depression, parenthood, family issues, career/entrepreneurship, money/finances, trauma, self-love and relationships. I have familiarity working with clients who experience anxiety, depression, PTSD/trauma, parenting issues, pregnancy/parenting related and relationship issues. CBT, DBT, positive psychology, brainspotting, solution focused, holistic and client centered.
(408) 809-9743 View (408) 809-9743
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Natasha Collins
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
My name is Natasha Collins. I have been an LMFT for nearly 15 years. I am passionate about helping individuals learn and develop the skills necessary to support a life that is healthy and fulfilling. Participation in therapy can help one gain insight, find clarity, replace self-defeating patterns with more supportive ones, build on strengths, learn new skills, and improve relationships. I use a proactive, personal growth, and behavioral-focused approach to therapy. I incorporate tools and strategies rooted in the following theoretical approaches: CBT, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused Therapy.
My name is Natasha Collins. I have been an LMFT for nearly 15 years. I am passionate about helping individuals learn and develop the skills necessary to support a life that is healthy and fulfilling. Participation in therapy can help one gain insight, find clarity, replace self-defeating patterns with more supportive ones, build on strengths, learn new skills, and improve relationships. I use a proactive, personal growth, and behavioral-focused approach to therapy. I incorporate tools and strategies rooted in the following theoretical approaches: CBT, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused Therapy.
(408) 443-3093 View (408) 443-3093
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Kathryn Anjin Harper
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95119  (Online Only)
My therapeutic approach combines cognitive-behavioral strategies, mindfulness, and positive psychology theory and techniques.
Please note: The VERY best way to get in touch is by email rather than phone. Are you feeling stuck in your life? Let’s sit together and explore all that weighs on you. I think of counseling as a form of mentoring. You have the answers in yourself. My role is to be your companion and guide in accessing your own wisdom and power. You are stronger and more creative than you know. Therapy is an experience where I stay completely present to you, and help you explore, heal, and grow.
My therapeutic approach combines cognitive-behavioral strategies, mindfulness, and positive psychology theory and techniques.
Please note: The VERY best way to get in touch is by email rather than phone. Are you feeling stuck in your life? Let’s sit together and explore all that weighs on you. I think of counseling as a form of mentoring. You have the answers in yourself. My role is to be your companion and guide in accessing your own wisdom and power. You are stronger and more creative than you know. Therapy is an experience where I stay completely present to you, and help you explore, heal, and grow.
(408) 542-0544 View (408) 542-0544
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Anna Nguyen
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95110  (Online Only)
I use multiple approaches depending on your preference and needs including client-centered, positive psychology, CBT, DBT, and EMDR.
Hello, I am a California licensed psychologist with 7 years of experience in clinical work. I was a research and development engineer for 20 years; I became interested in mental health 11 years ago and it has been a humbling journey. I enjoy listen to your stories and life struggles whether it is due to mental illnesses, relationships, or changes. My diverse background equip me with the experience to better serve you. I hold a PsyD, M.A. Pastoral Ministry, and M.S. in Computer Science.
I use multiple approaches depending on your preference and needs including client-centered, positive psychology, CBT, DBT, and EMDR.
Hello, I am a California licensed psychologist with 7 years of experience in clinical work. I was a research and development engineer for 20 years; I became interested in mental health 11 years ago and it has been a humbling journey. I enjoy listen to your stories and life struggles whether it is due to mental illnesses, relationships, or changes. My diverse background equip me with the experience to better serve you. I hold a PsyD, M.A. Pastoral Ministry, and M.S. in Computer Science.
(408) 915-3394 View (408) 915-3394
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Tomilu Stuart LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, RN, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95123  (Online Only)
, positive psychology and mindfulness to help my clients.
We are living through a difficult time right now. As a young student nurse, I was taught that we were overdue for a pandemic. Forty years later here we are. Feeling threatened by a micro-organism we cannot see. Then there is the uncertainty of how it will end and conflicting messages that bombard you. Your thoughts trigger your feelings. Thinking errors and cognitive distortions can add to your distress making feelings of anxiety worse. When we are unable to change situations, we need to change how we handle them. I will help you.
, positive psychology and mindfulness to help my clients.
We are living through a difficult time right now. As a young student nurse, I was taught that we were overdue for a pandemic. Forty years later here we are. Feeling threatened by a micro-organism we cannot see. Then there is the uncertainty of how it will end and conflicting messages that bombard you. Your thoughts trigger your feelings. Thinking errors and cognitive distortions can add to your distress making feelings of anxiety worse. When we are unable to change situations, we need to change how we handle them. I will help you.
(408) 215-9348 View (408) 215-9348
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Cherise Stewart
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95125  (Online Only)
I use different mediums to engage clients including CBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, emotion focused, psychodynamic, and positive psychology.
I welcome individuals and teens. I have experience with anxiety, relationships, low motivation, goal setting, and depression. I am happy to partner with you with working through issues with relationships, career, and to collaborate on finding ways to support you living your best life. I am a firm believer that we all have the strength and capability within ourselves to accomplish our goals; therapy is a way for people to discover and be encouraged in these abilities. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please send me an email!
I use different mediums to engage clients including CBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, emotion focused, psychodynamic, and positive psychology.
I welcome individuals and teens. I have experience with anxiety, relationships, low motivation, goal setting, and depression. I am happy to partner with you with working through issues with relationships, career, and to collaborate on finding ways to support you living your best life. I am a firm believer that we all have the strength and capability within ourselves to accomplish our goals; therapy is a way for people to discover and be encouraged in these abilities. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please send me an email!
(408) 560-4596 View (408) 560-4596
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Blanca Sevilla
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128  (Online Only)
She uses an eclectic approach which includes Jungian psychology, CBT, DBT, positive psychology, and narrative psychology.
Blanca Monique Sevilla is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist based in Los Angeles. She has several years of experience in various roles within the mental health field, the last seven of which have been as a psychotherapist. She is a strong advocate for empowering clients, helping them discover their passions, and building the life they truly desire. She specializes in trauma, depression, shame resilience, and grief and loss. She has also worked with people struggling with depression, anxiety, and identity. Blanca Monique completed her Master of Art in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University.
She uses an eclectic approach which includes Jungian psychology, CBT, DBT, positive psychology, and narrative psychology.
Blanca Monique Sevilla is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist based in Los Angeles. She has several years of experience in various roles within the mental health field, the last seven of which have been as a psychotherapist. She is a strong advocate for empowering clients, helping them discover their passions, and building the life they truly desire. She specializes in trauma, depression, shame resilience, and grief and loss. She has also worked with people struggling with depression, anxiety, and identity. Blanca Monique completed her Master of Art in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University.
(408) 676-4231 View (408) 676-4231
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Shashon McCalister
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
My approach to therapy is to meet the client where they are. My theoretical approach is eclectic; however, some of my favorites include CBT, Solution Focus, and Positive Psychology. With over 14 years of experience in residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment and behavioral health, I am experienced in working with co-occurring disorders and the multifaceted and complex aspects of substance use/abuse.
My approach to therapy is to meet the client where they are. My theoretical approach is eclectic; however, some of my favorites include CBT, Solution Focus, and Positive Psychology. With over 14 years of experience in residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment and behavioral health, I am experienced in working with co-occurring disorders and the multifaceted and complex aspects of substance use/abuse.
(831) 273-6891 View (831) 273-6891
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Melissa Dowd - Offering A Modern Approach To Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95113  (Online Only)
This includes Mindfulness-Based Techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic, Solution-Focused, Positive Psychology, Family Systems, and others.
In the first few sessions together, my goal is to understand what struggles you are currently experiencing that are causing you distress, and then provide you tools to help minimize those stressors to get to a more stabilized place. Once you are feeling more grounded and able to manage your current stressors, then I encourage the exploration of why these things are present in the first place, where they are coming from, and ultimately when they were initially learned and began. I believe that helping you uncover these important pieces of information are vital to your long-term success in becoming the best version of you possible!
This includes Mindfulness-Based Techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic, Solution-Focused, Positive Psychology, Family Systems, and others.
In the first few sessions together, my goal is to understand what struggles you are currently experiencing that are causing you distress, and then provide you tools to help minimize those stressors to get to a more stabilized place. Once you are feeling more grounded and able to manage your current stressors, then I encourage the exploration of why these things are present in the first place, where they are coming from, and ultimately when they were initially learned and began. I believe that helping you uncover these important pieces of information are vital to your long-term success in becoming the best version of you possible!
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Brittanie Robledo
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
I utilize approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology, and family therapy to help support your desired improvements.
Nothing changes if nothing changes is a quote that I have lived my life by for years. Are you ready to make changes? Even just a small one? Seeking out therapy is already a change that can improve your overall well-being. I specialize in treating adults or adolescents struggling with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and family conflict in residential and outpatient settings. I am passionate about helping those who are ready to learn and implement positive habits into their lives. I am passionate about supporting your growth in relationships, work, school, etc.
I utilize approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology, and family therapy to help support your desired improvements.
Nothing changes if nothing changes is a quote that I have lived my life by for years. Are you ready to make changes? Even just a small one? Seeking out therapy is already a change that can improve your overall well-being. I specialize in treating adults or adolescents struggling with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and family conflict in residential and outpatient settings. I am passionate about helping those who are ready to learn and implement positive habits into their lives. I am passionate about supporting your growth in relationships, work, school, etc.
(661) 583-0183 View (661) 583-0183
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Ismael de Guzman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95131  (Online Only)
My therapeutic style is CBT-oriented, DBT-informed, positive psychology minded, and centered around cultural humility.
I recognize seeking support can be daunting, but you don't have to face your life challenges alone. I am committed to helping individuals from marginalized communities who are seeking therapy to get help with anxiety, depression, identity exploration, or trauma-related experiences. I provide a safe and non-judgmental space to explore what might be coming up for you in these areas. Together we will work to develop resilience, a stronger self-esteem, healthier relationships, personal agency, insight, and strong coping skills.
My therapeutic style is CBT-oriented, DBT-informed, positive psychology minded, and centered around cultural humility.
I recognize seeking support can be daunting, but you don't have to face your life challenges alone. I am committed to helping individuals from marginalized communities who are seeking therapy to get help with anxiety, depression, identity exploration, or trauma-related experiences. I provide a safe and non-judgmental space to explore what might be coming up for you in these areas. Together we will work to develop resilience, a stronger self-esteem, healthier relationships, personal agency, insight, and strong coping skills.
(415) 942-5447 View (415) 942-5447
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Ryan Crawford
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95136
I'm Ryan Crawford, LCSW. I have the most experience working with adults and teens dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, poor self-esteem, and coping with life transitions. I view my role as a therapist as walking alongside you to help you determine what is best for you. I use concepts of Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Supportive Therapy to support you in learning coping skills, increasing your self-esteem, and forming new patterns for a healthier and happier life.
I'm Ryan Crawford, LCSW. I have the most experience working with adults and teens dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, poor self-esteem, and coping with life transitions. I view my role as a therapist as walking alongside you to help you determine what is best for you. I use concepts of Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Supportive Therapy to support you in learning coping skills, increasing your self-esteem, and forming new patterns for a healthier and happier life.
(530) 317-1417 View (530) 317-1417
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Michael Wood
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95122
Additionally I utilize CBT interventions as well as psychodynamic, solution focused and positive psychology.
Hello and thank you for clicking on my profile. My name is Michael Wood and I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. If you are seeking improved relationships with your self and others, greater happiness in life and work as well as tools and a pathway to overcome self defeating behavior or addictions, I have success and extensive experience helping clients of all ages. A client centered approach comes natural to me. I meet clients where 'they are' and provide a safe, trusting warm environment that facilitates good working relationships.
Additionally I utilize CBT interventions as well as psychodynamic, solution focused and positive psychology.
Hello and thank you for clicking on my profile. My name is Michael Wood and I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. If you are seeking improved relationships with your self and others, greater happiness in life and work as well as tools and a pathway to overcome self defeating behavior or addictions, I have success and extensive experience helping clients of all ages. A client centered approach comes natural to me. I meet clients where 'they are' and provide a safe, trusting warm environment that facilitates good working relationships.
(949) 776-5803 View (949) 776-5803
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Alysse Caraballo - Cura Integrative Health
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, BCN, CCTP
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95191
I am board certified in neurofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance with training in neurofeedback for developmental trauma, deep brain reorienting, DBT, mindfulness and positive psychology.
Chronic exposure to interpersonal tension can negatively affect health and well-being. Living in a heightened physical state impacts our cognitive abilities, mood, self-esteem, ability to form healthy, stable attachments and is associated with increased risk of developing chronic health conditions. By using somatic and psychophysiological approaches to bring the whole self into the healing process, I support individuals whose lives have been impacted by adversity, chronic stress, and developmental trauma to prevent burn out, decrease anxiety, and build resilience so that they can navigate the ebbs and flows of daily life.
I am board certified in neurofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance with training in neurofeedback for developmental trauma, deep brain reorienting, DBT, mindfulness and positive psychology.
Chronic exposure to interpersonal tension can negatively affect health and well-being. Living in a heightened physical state impacts our cognitive abilities, mood, self-esteem, ability to form healthy, stable attachments and is associated with increased risk of developing chronic health conditions. By using somatic and psychophysiological approaches to bring the whole self into the healing process, I support individuals whose lives have been impacted by adversity, chronic stress, and developmental trauma to prevent burn out, decrease anxiety, and build resilience so that they can navigate the ebbs and flows of daily life.
(408) 668-3298 View (408) 668-3298
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Anxiety Treatment Services
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95124
Dr. Dufford received specialized training and experience in treating anxiety disorders at the Anxiety Treatment Center with Dr. Bourne, author of The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook. Since 1993 Dr. Dufford is director of Anxiety Treatment Services treating Generalized Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Panic Attacks, Agoraphobia, Specific Phobias, Social Anxiety and related issues: addiction, anger, depression, Trichotillomania/Excoriation, relationships, sleep/insomnia, grief and self-esteem. He is a professional member of the California Psychological Association, Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and EMDR International Association. Dr. Dufford is certified as a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Expert in Traumatic Stress and Addictions Counselor.
Dr. Dufford received specialized training and experience in treating anxiety disorders at the Anxiety Treatment Center with Dr. Bourne, author of The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook. Since 1993 Dr. Dufford is director of Anxiety Treatment Services treating Generalized Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Panic Attacks, Agoraphobia, Specific Phobias, Social Anxiety and related issues: addiction, anger, depression, Trichotillomania/Excoriation, relationships, sleep/insomnia, grief and self-esteem. He is a professional member of the California Psychological Association, Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and EMDR International Association. Dr. Dufford is certified as a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Expert in Traumatic Stress and Addictions Counselor.
(408) 384-9838 View (408) 384-9838
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Joanne Talbot
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
I graduated from the University of Luton in England and continued her education, earning her Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with a background in crisis intervention. I began my career as an MFT, working in an emergency shelter program for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking with substance abuse and severe mental health issues. I provided individual and group therapy in residential and outpatient transitional housing programs.
I graduated from the University of Luton in England and continued her education, earning her Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with a background in crisis intervention. I began my career as an MFT, working in an emergency shelter program for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking with substance abuse and severe mental health issues. I provided individual and group therapy in residential and outpatient transitional housing programs.
(408) 668-0391 View (408) 668-0391
Mano Jayasekaran
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95124
Are you struggling with feelings of shame, invalidation, anxiety or depression? Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed by sudden transitions in life, or struggling to navigate difficult relationships as an individual, couple or as a family? Be encouraged. You need not do it alone. Within the safety of a trusting, respectful and supportive therapeutic environment, we can collaboratively explore practical steps to help you in your journey towards flourishing.
Are you struggling with feelings of shame, invalidation, anxiety or depression? Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed by sudden transitions in life, or struggling to navigate difficult relationships as an individual, couple or as a family? Be encouraged. You need not do it alone. Within the safety of a trusting, respectful and supportive therapeutic environment, we can collaboratively explore practical steps to help you in your journey towards flourishing.
(408) 340-7658 View (408) 340-7658
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Kory Dean Doyle
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
Are you depressed, anxious, and not sure where your life is going? Others have been there too, especially since Covid 19 changed pretty much everything. I have worked with a varied clientele to help cope with issues and find the right path for them. Working as a team, clients and I have worked through the issues that brought them to therapy and help set attainable goals. I have 18 years of experience serving youth and adults both as a mental health clinician and as a behaviorist. Therapeutic modes used include DBT, CBT, Behaviorism, Bowenian among others.
Are you depressed, anxious, and not sure where your life is going? Others have been there too, especially since Covid 19 changed pretty much everything. I have worked with a varied clientele to help cope with issues and find the right path for them. Working as a team, clients and I have worked through the issues that brought them to therapy and help set attainable goals. I have 18 years of experience serving youth and adults both as a mental health clinician and as a behaviorist. Therapeutic modes used include DBT, CBT, Behaviorism, Bowenian among others.
(408) 512-3743 View (408) 512-3743
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Lindsay D. Guichard
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95123
You feel caged up with no where to go. You desire a day or night off, but if you ever get it you don't know what to do with yourself. You are feeling restless. Your life feels like it is passing you by day in and day out. You have plans and dreams, but the reality of life is making them more and more unreachable. Many days you walk around feeling cloudy and find it hard to make any traction. Helplessness has set in and there does not seem to be any answers to feeling better other than temporary fixes that are proving to be a problem for others around you. Dissatisfaction and disappointment and lack of purpose show up daily.
You feel caged up with no where to go. You desire a day or night off, but if you ever get it you don't know what to do with yourself. You are feeling restless. Your life feels like it is passing you by day in and day out. You have plans and dreams, but the reality of life is making them more and more unreachable. Many days you walk around feeling cloudy and find it hard to make any traction. Helplessness has set in and there does not seem to be any answers to feeling better other than temporary fixes that are proving to be a problem for others around you. Dissatisfaction and disappointment and lack of purpose show up daily.
(562) 386-0521 View (562) 386-0521
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Yea-Ching 'sunny' Wang
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128
Are you looking for a therapist who can validate your pain, while showing you effective solutions to get back on track? If so, then I am glad that you've found me. Before Dawn Counseling Center (BDCC) is committed to enhance your growth via DBT-informed treatment that's culturally-competent & community-based. It is my commitment to provide you an authentic therapeutic experience with practical resources to create a life that's worth living.
Are you looking for a therapist who can validate your pain, while showing you effective solutions to get back on track? If so, then I am glad that you've found me. Before Dawn Counseling Center (BDCC) is committed to enhance your growth via DBT-informed treatment that's culturally-competent & community-based. It is my commitment to provide you an authentic therapeutic experience with practical resources to create a life that's worth living.
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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.