Drawing on the science of Positive Psychology and Resilience you will find and use your natural Strengths, learn and develop Resilience Tools and find creative ways to move forwards and experience positive change.

Old belief systems, habits and ways of seeing ourselves or the world commonly get in our way;  these can be compassionately recognised – reframed and/or dissolved – through the the therapeutic skills I offer of coaching, deep listening, healing chant or music, EFT (emotional freedom technique),  or even working through the body via yoga practices.  

Why is Positive Psychology Important?

According to positive psychologists, mainstream psychology became concerned with the negative aspects of human life following the two world wars.  Prior to that time, psychology was a broader science, exploring the breadth and depth of human experience including optimism, creativity, and people’s strengths.

According to Positive Psychology UK, prior to the Second World War, psychology had three tasks, which were to:

  1. cure mental illness,
  2. improve normal lives and
  3. identify and nurture high talent

However, after the war the last two tasks somehow got lost, leaving the field to concentrate predominantly on the first one.

Due to the trauma experienced by so many men returning from war, the governments of the time were facing a human crisis on an enormous scale, and all available resources were poured into learning about and the treatment of psychological illness and psychopathology.

This is how psychology as a field learnt to operate within a disease model. This model has proven very useful. Martin Seligman highlights the victories of the disease model, which are, for example, that 14 previously incurable mental illnesses (such as depression, personality disorder, or anxiety attacks) can now be successfully treated.

Just to illustrate, if you were to say to your friends that you were going to see a counsellor or psychologist, what is the most likely response that you would get? ‘What’s wrong with you?’. How likely are you to hear something along the lines of: ‘Great! Are you planning to concentrate on self-improvement?’.

My own personal experience with Positive Psychology has been life-changing – and when faced with a challenge I lean into the tried and tested practices.  When life is good – I then use the same or additional tools to keep me moving up the spiral of well-being.  If you imagine you have a scale of minus 10 to plus 10 .  Perhaps you are not in a great place and would see yourself positioned at -4.  The aim of Positive Psychology is not about moving ourselves from (say) that -4 to Zero (0) – but to get to Zero and then move onwards to +1, +3. +6 and so one.  And + 10 by the way isn’t the limit!  Feel welcome to get to +20 and above.

I found it really challenging during the Covid pandemic with the multiple lockdowns and isolation.  Being diagnosed with breast cancer and having to have surgery during a lockdown was also very distressing.  Did I use all my ‘tools’?  Yes.  Was it a quick fix or miracle cure? No!  But it gave me a real sense that I was taking steps to keep myself afloat.  Reaching out, speaking to friends and getting trained support was also a part of my coping mechanism.  There was nothing ‘wrong’ with me – (see above quote!), I was human, and we can’t get through this life on our own.

Positive Change happens when you acknowledge the situation you are in, are heard with compassion, and have the right tools and techniques and support.  Feel welcome to have a chat with me to explore how my work may support you.

 

Positive Psychology UK