“Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.”
Positive Psychology is having a huge impact on the ways in which we look at mental health. Departing from the focus on “what is wrong” with a person who is suffering or unhappy, positive psychologists turn their attention to the individual’s strengths. Bottomline, the goal is to retrain individuals to focus on their positive qualities and to participate in activities which lend meaning and purpose to their lives.
ALL ABOUT BEING POSITIVE
The University of Pennsylvania has developed questionnaires to help you discover more about yourself. Instead of taking tests which measure depression or anxiety, these questionnaires are orientated towards your strengths and virtues. Learn how resilient you are to what life throws at you. Discover how optimistic you are. Find out how grateful you are for things which you have in your life now.
POSITIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY GROUP
Positive Psychotherapy (PPT) is a totally different way to approach mental health. You learn to use the very best parts of your character to counteract emotional distress and move through life with a greater sense of hope, wisdom and accomplishment. It works directly on making the most of your strengths to help you become a better, healthier version of yourself.
The human brain is hard wired to keep us safe, so it has the tendency to be on the lookout for the negatives. About 85% of our thoughts in a day are skewed in the negative direction. To make things worse, we think almost the same thoughts every day! In PPT, you will learn to focus on the positives in your world, build strengths, create support systems and in so doing you can deal better with challenges and live more meaningful, purpose driven lives.
This group is based on the work of Dr. Martin Seligman, the founder of the Positive Psychology movement. In a group setting you will focus on 5 distinct, research-based areas of mental health:
P - Positive Emotion – learning to feel better, more of the time
E - Engagement – engaging in activities that are challenging and enjoyable
R - Relationships – finding, growing and nurturing supportive relationships
M - Meaning & Purpose – answering big questions like “Why am I here?”
A - Accomplishment – setting and achieving personal goals
This group will guide you through reflections, activities, individual and collective exercises and therapeutic writings to help you achieve your goals.
The group will use “Positive Psychotherapy Workbook” by Rashid & Seligman, which will be our guide in and between sessions.
Participating in the group may be an adjunct to individual therapy or a stand-alone experience.