Positive Psychology Therapists in Boston, MA

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Heather Pantalone
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCDC
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02199  (Online Only)
I support my clients to heal and grow. People evolve at their own pace. Therapy supports individual needs. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Life Coach, and mentor, I use strength based, supportive therapy with an emphasis on self-awareness, emotional regulation, life skills, interpersonal skills and leveraging personal values. My practice is built on evidence based, trauma informed, positive psychology, mindfullness, ecotherapy and emotional intelligence. I and here to provide a therapeutic atmosphere for you.
I support my clients to heal and grow. People evolve at their own pace. Therapy supports individual needs. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Life Coach, and mentor, I use strength based, supportive therapy with an emphasis on self-awareness, emotional regulation, life skills, interpersonal skills and leveraging personal values. My practice is built on evidence based, trauma informed, positive psychology, mindfullness, ecotherapy and emotional intelligence. I and here to provide a therapeutic atmosphere for you.
(214) 306-7204 View (214) 306-7204
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Andrea M Coleman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02215  (Online Only)
I provide two important services in my practice. I am a Certified Eudaimonia Clinician. The Eudaimonia program is short term and provides immediate results. This unique therapy is based on the understanding that if you change your thoughts you will change your life. In each session you will learn methods and tools that are designed to help you to live in a state of calm- no matter what life stressors come your way. This approach is based on CBT, Positive Psychology and Energy Work. If you want to learn how to manage your fear and anxiety and learn how to quickly begin moving towards the life you want, then this program is for you!
I provide two important services in my practice. I am a Certified Eudaimonia Clinician. The Eudaimonia program is short term and provides immediate results. This unique therapy is based on the understanding that if you change your thoughts you will change your life. In each session you will learn methods and tools that are designed to help you to live in a state of calm- no matter what life stressors come your way. This approach is based on CBT, Positive Psychology and Energy Work. If you want to learn how to manage your fear and anxiety and learn how to quickly begin moving towards the life you want, then this program is for you!
(508) 906-7211 View (508) 906-7211
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Nick Heath LICSW, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
I Utilize Active Listening, Mentalizing, Control Mastery Theory, Positive Psychology; I am Solution-Focused.
Hello! Are you feeling Lonely in your Significant Relationship, Hurt, Betrayed? I can help you Heal & Revitalize your Relationship/Marriage and Increase your Emotional & Sexual Connection & Intimacy, Reduce Criticism, Increase Teamwork, by helping you Enhance and Improve your Assertive Communication Skills. I can help you rebuild Trust & Respect; build on Your unique Friendship; help you Solve Problems associated with your Family & Friends, Careers, Money, Division of Labour, and Coparenting Teamwork. Prioritize your Significant Relationship. I work with Heterosexual Couples, LGBTQ+A Couples, Interracial Couples, All Ethnicities.
I Utilize Active Listening, Mentalizing, Control Mastery Theory, Positive Psychology; I am Solution-Focused.
Hello! Are you feeling Lonely in your Significant Relationship, Hurt, Betrayed? I can help you Heal & Revitalize your Relationship/Marriage and Increase your Emotional & Sexual Connection & Intimacy, Reduce Criticism, Increase Teamwork, by helping you Enhance and Improve your Assertive Communication Skills. I can help you rebuild Trust & Respect; build on Your unique Friendship; help you Solve Problems associated with your Family & Friends, Careers, Money, Division of Labour, and Coparenting Teamwork. Prioritize your Significant Relationship. I work with Heterosexual Couples, LGBTQ+A Couples, Interracial Couples, All Ethnicities.
(413) 287-8592 View (413) 287-8592
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Stephanie Ejsmont
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02110
Emotions are normal, even hard to handle ones. Struggling is normal; it’s all part of the human experience. I’m here to teach you and empower you to manage and cope with strong emotions, stressors, and hardships. Through our time together, you will learn about the mind and how it connects with the body, and how to apply this knowledge to feel better. I specialize in treating trauma, depression, anxiety, dual diagnosis involving addiction and mental illness, positive psychology, and holistic healing.
Emotions are normal, even hard to handle ones. Struggling is normal; it’s all part of the human experience. I’m here to teach you and empower you to manage and cope with strong emotions, stressors, and hardships. Through our time together, you will learn about the mind and how it connects with the body, and how to apply this knowledge to feel better. I specialize in treating trauma, depression, anxiety, dual diagnosis involving addiction and mental illness, positive psychology, and holistic healing.
(617) 405-3279 View (617) 405-3279
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Janine Dowling Coaching
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, BCC
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116
We focus on patterns of thoughts and behaviors, using the underlying philosophy of positive psychology, a solution focused orientation, powerful questions and cognitive behavioral techniques to challenge you create a life that is more fulfilling and engaging.
It is often said that life coaching closes the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Coaching is a unique relationship that addresses areas that are no longer satisfying: your career, your thoughts about yourself, your social life, health, and self confidence. What if you knew exactly what beliefs and habits you needed to create an extraordinary life? We'll work together to identify areas you want to change, so you learn how to challenge what is holding you back and to create plans to transition to that life.
We focus on patterns of thoughts and behaviors, using the underlying philosophy of positive psychology, a solution focused orientation, powerful questions and cognitive behavioral techniques to challenge you create a life that is more fulfilling and engaging.
It is often said that life coaching closes the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Coaching is a unique relationship that addresses areas that are no longer satisfying: your career, your thoughts about yourself, your social life, health, and self confidence. What if you knew exactly what beliefs and habits you needed to create an extraordinary life? We'll work together to identify areas you want to change, so you learn how to challenge what is holding you back and to create plans to transition to that life.
(857) 407-4436 View (857) 407-4436
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Kathy Walsh Samp
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115  (Online Only)
I use cognitive-behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, mindfulness, positive psychology and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
I believe psychotherapy is about self-discovery, change and empowerment. If you feel stressed or unhappy, psychotherapy can help. My goal is to create an emotionally safe place, so that together, we can find the right answers. I appreciate that life can be complicated and that solutions are unique to the person. I am warm and nonjudgmental and my approach is client-centered and collaborative. My clients see me as knowledgeable and supportive. I listen carefully with an open mind. I would feel privileged to be part of your journey of growth and healing.
I use cognitive-behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, mindfulness, positive psychology and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
I believe psychotherapy is about self-discovery, change and empowerment. If you feel stressed or unhappy, psychotherapy can help. My goal is to create an emotionally safe place, so that together, we can find the right answers. I appreciate that life can be complicated and that solutions are unique to the person. I am warm and nonjudgmental and my approach is client-centered and collaborative. My clients see me as knowledgeable and supportive. I listen carefully with an open mind. I would feel privileged to be part of your journey of growth and healing.
(508) 503-1233 View (508) 503-1233
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Lauren Parker
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02122  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I use an integrative approach that is client centered and grounded in positive psychology.
*Please use email to contact me* It is a great privilege to be welcomed into the lives of my clients. With the use of behavioral health techniques (CBT, ACT, biofeedback, relaxation, hypnosis, mindfulness, meditation, etc.) I treat adults with various mental health, behavioral and medical conditions. Treatment is focused on the client's presenting problem(s) as well as all dimensions of well-being.
I use an integrative approach that is client centered and grounded in positive psychology.
*Please use email to contact me* It is a great privilege to be welcomed into the lives of my clients. With the use of behavioral health techniques (CBT, ACT, biofeedback, relaxation, hypnosis, mindfulness, meditation, etc.) I treat adults with various mental health, behavioral and medical conditions. Treatment is focused on the client's presenting problem(s) as well as all dimensions of well-being.
(617) 390-8541 View (617) 390-8541
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Andrea Herber/ The Inside Compass
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116
I tailor my approach to suit your unique concerns, & use a collaborative style that includes, mindfulness, narrative therapy, meditation,positive psychology, CBT, & existential methods.
As a South African immigrant I love working with other's who question identity and meaning in life. My main goal is to empower you, finding your strengths, reducing negative thought cycles (anxiety, depression) and teaching you to untie your emotional knots and to live authentically with meaning. You will leave having better relationships with yourself, and others. Believe it or not we will do a lot of laughing while we work. Experience: creativity, work/life balance, sexuality, anxiety, leadership, couples therapy,premarital/dating, stress reduction. I have trained in diverse settings (including fellowship at Boston University's Danielsen Institute).
I tailor my approach to suit your unique concerns, & use a collaborative style that includes, mindfulness, narrative therapy, meditation,positive psychology, CBT, & existential methods.
As a South African immigrant I love working with other's who question identity and meaning in life. My main goal is to empower you, finding your strengths, reducing negative thought cycles (anxiety, depression) and teaching you to untie your emotional knots and to live authentically with meaning. You will leave having better relationships with yourself, and others. Believe it or not we will do a lot of laughing while we work. Experience: creativity, work/life balance, sexuality, anxiety, leadership, couples therapy,premarital/dating, stress reduction. I have trained in diverse settings (including fellowship at Boston University's Danielsen Institute).
(617) 948-2610 View (617) 948-2610
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Dr. Natalie Christine Dattilo
Psychologist, PhD, HSPP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02215
Using an innovative approach inspired by positive psychology, action-oriented focus, and mindset science, my mission is to "break the mold" one encounter at a time.
Many successful people struggle (often in secret) with anxiety, depression, alcohol abuse, relationship problems, stress, and burnout. They describe feeling overwhelmed, isolated, hopeless, and "stuck." I will work with you to develop an effective, tailor-made, and solutions-focused plan to help get things back on track. My most successful clients come ready to work.
Using an innovative approach inspired by positive psychology, action-oriented focus, and mindset science, my mission is to "break the mold" one encounter at a time.
Many successful people struggle (often in secret) with anxiety, depression, alcohol abuse, relationship problems, stress, and burnout. They describe feeling overwhelmed, isolated, hopeless, and "stuck." I will work with you to develop an effective, tailor-made, and solutions-focused plan to help get things back on track. My most successful clients come ready to work.
(857) 887-3243 View (857) 887-3243
Katalyst Psychological Family Center
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116
Our treatment approaches include: Positive psychology Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Mindfullness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) Family Systems Therapy and trauma therapy.
We are a group of mental health providers with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. We work with individuals and families who have parenting concerns, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, ODD, and autism. Our providers conduct neuropsychological evaluations for children and adults to help with diagnostic clarity and treatment planning.
Our treatment approaches include: Positive psychology Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Mindfullness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) Family Systems Therapy and trauma therapy.
We are a group of mental health providers with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. We work with individuals and families who have parenting concerns, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, ODD, and autism. Our providers conduct neuropsychological evaluations for children and adults to help with diagnostic clarity and treatment planning.
(857) 376-5367 View (857) 376-5367
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Dr. Patricia Arroyo
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02109  (Online Only)
I integrate approaches: CBT, CPT, Interpersonal, Positive Psychology, Developmental, Interpersonal & Mindfulness.
I have 30+ years of experience helping adults by integrating a variety of therapy approaches. I focus on resilient, positive strategies and coping skills as we discuss your concerns in privacy. I help with anxiety, depression, & adjustment to traumatic stress. Issues often include romantic relationships, family conflicts, or divorce. After a family developmental assessment, we identify emotional stuck points that can get in your way today. Clients feel more empowered finding new ways to think & manage ongoing triggers; to process their emotions & try new behaviors. They engage their present with more intention, clarity & meaning.
I integrate approaches: CBT, CPT, Interpersonal, Positive Psychology, Developmental, Interpersonal & Mindfulness.
I have 30+ years of experience helping adults by integrating a variety of therapy approaches. I focus on resilient, positive strategies and coping skills as we discuss your concerns in privacy. I help with anxiety, depression, & adjustment to traumatic stress. Issues often include romantic relationships, family conflicts, or divorce. After a family developmental assessment, we identify emotional stuck points that can get in your way today. Clients feel more empowered finding new ways to think & manage ongoing triggers; to process their emotions & try new behaviors. They engage their present with more intention, clarity & meaning.
(617) 904-9948 View (617) 904-9948
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New Inspiration Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, EdS, MSW, BA
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115  (Online Only)
We work well with people throughout the age range, whether it is a child struggling in school, an adult overwhelmed by life's demands, or a senior citizen in need of support, we are prepared and eager to help. While your relationship with your therapist is central, we focus on RESULTS: With a dynamic mix of positive psychology and evidence-based treatment, it's our mission to help you to feel better & do better in your life.
We work well with people throughout the age range, whether it is a child struggling in school, an adult overwhelmed by life's demands, or a senior citizen in need of support, we are prepared and eager to help. While your relationship with your therapist is central, we focus on RESULTS: With a dynamic mix of positive psychology and evidence-based treatment, it's our mission to help you to feel better & do better in your life.
(978) 391-2567 View (978) 391-2567
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Jennifer Brownstein
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
I specialize in acceptance commitment therapy, self compassion and positive psychology.
*Accepting New Clients- The best way to reach me is through email to schedule a phone consult* I am committed to working collaboratively with you to create a safe space so that you can embrace your vulnerabilities, foster strengths and increase resilience. I specialize in a variety of mental health concerns including but not limited to anxiety, depression, OCD, self-development, relationship difficulties, divorce and unresolved caregiver relationships. Rather than solely focusing on a diagnosis, I believe that it is important to recognize the whole person, which includes all areas of your well-being.
I specialize in acceptance commitment therapy, self compassion and positive psychology.
*Accepting New Clients- The best way to reach me is through email to schedule a phone consult* I am committed to working collaboratively with you to create a safe space so that you can embrace your vulnerabilities, foster strengths and increase resilience. I specialize in a variety of mental health concerns including but not limited to anxiety, depression, OCD, self-development, relationship difficulties, divorce and unresolved caregiver relationships. Rather than solely focusing on a diagnosis, I believe that it is important to recognize the whole person, which includes all areas of your well-being.
(339) 201-6635 View (339) 201-6635
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New Inspiration Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, EdS, MSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115  (Online Only)
We work well with people throughout the age range, whether it is a child struggling in school, an adult overwhelmed by life's demands, or a senior citizen in need of support, we are prepared and eager to help. While your relationship with your therapist is central, we focus on RESULTS: With a dynamic mix of positive psychology and evidence-based treatment, it's our mission to help you to feel better & do better in your life.
We work well with people throughout the age range, whether it is a child struggling in school, an adult overwhelmed by life's demands, or a senior citizen in need of support, we are prepared and eager to help. While your relationship with your therapist is central, we focus on RESULTS: With a dynamic mix of positive psychology and evidence-based treatment, it's our mission to help you to feel better & do better in your life.
(339) 230-2673 View (339) 230-2673
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Ali Behar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02199
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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Kristen Bettencourt
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02215  (Online Only)
I provide ERP therapy for OCD, and I draw from humanistic, existential, and positive psychology.
With a warm, down-to-earth, and supportive style, I help clients work through challenges such as depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship difficulties, life transitions, academic and career concerns, and creative blocks. Whether we are working to help you become more flexible, mindful, and aware; reflecting on patterns that may be getting in your way; identifying sources of meaning and purpose in your life; or exploring aspects of your identity, my goal is to help you work through what brings you into therapy and to help you thrive.
I provide ERP therapy for OCD, and I draw from humanistic, existential, and positive psychology.
With a warm, down-to-earth, and supportive style, I help clients work through challenges such as depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship difficulties, life transitions, academic and career concerns, and creative blocks. Whether we are working to help you become more flexible, mindful, and aware; reflecting on patterns that may be getting in your way; identifying sources of meaning and purpose in your life; or exploring aspects of your identity, my goal is to help you work through what brings you into therapy and to help you thrive.
(617) 849-9901 View (617) 849-9901
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Dr. Michael Abruzzese
Psychologist, MA, PhD, HSPP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02117
As a Child and Family Psychologist with over 40 years experience, I provide therapy as well as conduct Neuropsychological and Forensic Assessments. I utilize a life-span developmental approach within a Positive Psychology framework for therapy and can provide specialized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to children, families, adolescents and adults. I offer diagnosis and treatment for a variety of psychological conditions and concerns and specialize in non-pharmaceutical CBT treatment for ADD and ASD. I offer in-person treatment sessions in my office and also offer remote online sessions. Email contacts get a quicker response.
As a Child and Family Psychologist with over 40 years experience, I provide therapy as well as conduct Neuropsychological and Forensic Assessments. I utilize a life-span developmental approach within a Positive Psychology framework for therapy and can provide specialized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to children, families, adolescents and adults. I offer diagnosis and treatment for a variety of psychological conditions and concerns and specialize in non-pharmaceutical CBT treatment for ADD and ASD. I offer in-person treatment sessions in my office and also offer remote online sessions. Email contacts get a quicker response.
(508) 455-5134 View (508) 455-5134
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Ashley L Wheeler
MA, EdS, LEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02215  (Online Only)
Utilizing approaches from positive psychology, shame resilience theory, and mindful self-compassion, my clients learn to identify their unique strengths, find confidence in sharing their thoughts and ideas, let go of perfection, develop healthy relationships, and begin to embrace their beautiful, messy lives.
Adolescence and young adulthood are a complex seasons to navigate. It can be difficult to manage the many social, academic, and societal expectations, while also grappling with and discovering who you are and who you want to become. As a counselor and coach, I walk alongside teenagers, college-aged women and young professionals, serving as a guide and a support, as they explore what it means to live an authentic life. Together we work toward developing the skills they need to lean into and embrace a life filled with joy, contentment, and deep meaningful connection.
Utilizing approaches from positive psychology, shame resilience theory, and mindful self-compassion, my clients learn to identify their unique strengths, find confidence in sharing their thoughts and ideas, let go of perfection, develop healthy relationships, and begin to embrace their beautiful, messy lives.
Adolescence and young adulthood are a complex seasons to navigate. It can be difficult to manage the many social, academic, and societal expectations, while also grappling with and discovering who you are and who you want to become. As a counselor and coach, I walk alongside teenagers, college-aged women and young professionals, serving as a guide and a support, as they explore what it means to live an authentic life. Together we work toward developing the skills they need to lean into and embrace a life filled with joy, contentment, and deep meaningful connection.
(508) 556-0564 View (508) 556-0564
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Dr. Wendy O'Connor
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
She uses a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and positive psychology to not only help patients manage stress and anxiety but learn exactly how to thrive using the science of happiness.
Dr. Wendy O’Connor is a Stanford-trained Clinical Psychologist. She treats anxiety disorders in tweens, teens, and adults using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
She uses a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and positive psychology to not only help patients manage stress and anxiety but learn exactly how to thrive using the science of happiness.
Dr. Wendy O’Connor is a Stanford-trained Clinical Psychologist. She treats anxiety disorders in tweens, teens, and adults using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
(401) 484-1220 View (401) 484-1220
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Melissa A Whelan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02101  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I use EMDR, CBT, mindfulness, and Positive Psychology to work with my clients.
Have you experienced traumatic grief and been ignored by others; people don't know what to say to you? Do you suffer from anxiety and depression? Feel like you are stuck in a hole and can't get out or full of dread and worry with a heaviness in your chest? Have you experienced grief and trauma from parents with narcissistic traits, expecting them to be who they will never be. We can work together to relieve the trauma, allow for a healthy grieving process and develop strategies for the anxiety and depression. You will work on looking at yourself, changing you and your perceptions of others.
I use EMDR, CBT, mindfulness, and Positive Psychology to work with my clients.
Have you experienced traumatic grief and been ignored by others; people don't know what to say to you? Do you suffer from anxiety and depression? Feel like you are stuck in a hole and can't get out or full of dread and worry with a heaviness in your chest? Have you experienced grief and trauma from parents with narcissistic traits, expecting them to be who they will never be. We can work together to relieve the trauma, allow for a healthy grieving process and develop strategies for the anxiety and depression. You will work on looking at yourself, changing you and your perceptions of others.
(508) 761-1870 View (508) 761-1870

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.