Positive Psychology Can Transform Clients and Patients
I cannot discuss positive psychology without crediting the founder Martin Seligman. You can delve deeper into this man and his work at the bottom of this post.
In my private practice at Impact DUI Schools & Counseling Center (and also running an intensive outpatient program at a local hospital) I use positive psychology to transform people with substance use disorders, depression, anxiety and trauma from negative thinking people into positive thinking people. This often improves their lives, outlooks, relationships, confidence, self-esteem and more!
Positive psychology involves applying a myriad of modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing while training and coaching patients to build the best life possible by learning what they truly want; how to get it, mindfulness, acceptance, resilience, growth, wisdom and creativity. It is bringing out the best in individuals by instilling authenticity, perseverance, courage, self-efficacy and self control. It is bringing out the best in others around you through social intelligence, love, kindness, fairness, justice, and forgiveness. Lastly it focuses on creating the best possible future by having meaning and purpose in life; optimism and hope, appreciation and gratitude for life’s blessings, and being able to laugh a lot often.
If you drink or use drugs too much just know their are approximately 107 million alcoholics, globally*. Substance use disorders are a progressive, potentially terminal disease. If you need help search on alcohol treatment near me in Google Chrome.
*Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser (2018) - "Alcohol Consumption". Published online at OurWorldInData.org.
On the Founder: Martin Seligman
Martin Seligman is a researcher with a broad range of experience in psychology.
If you had never heard of the positive psychology movement until now, you still might have heard his name at some point. Seligman’s research in the 1960s and 70s laid the foundation for the well-known psychological theory of “learned helplessness.”