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Positive Psychology: A Proven Way to Increase Confidence and Self-Esteem

Jan 01, 2020 12:00AM ● By Valerie Marsh

Positive Psychology

One of the therapeutic approaches Valerie Marsh utilizes in her practice is positive psychology, sometimes referred to as “the science of happiness.” Unlike more traditional psychology that focuses on emotional disturbances and the symptoms of mental illnesses, positive psychology places more attention on positive thinking patterns and behaviors that are more forward thinking rather than digging into the negative experiences that have happened in the past. In the positive psychology approach, Marsh explores with the client their strengths, such as their hopefulness, optimism and confidence of a successful outcome, rather than concentrating on their fears or weaknesses.

The positive psychology approach believes the key to building resilience is through difficult life experiences, and helping people identify and build their own core strengths and virtues that help them get through those life experiences. The goal of therapy is to minimize negative thinking patterns and develop a more optimistic outlook that enhances life experiences. As a positive psychology-based therapist and coach, Marsh uses a variety of interventions to help clients become aware of their own strengths and capabilities. While this type of therapy does help clients process and discuss their troubles, it focuses more on ways they can utilize their core strengths, whether they are experiencing negative life transitions, depression, stress and/or anxiety.

To read more about positive psychology in detail, Marsh recommends Authentic Happiness, by Dr. Martin Seligman, a national bestseller, and The Happiness Project, by Dr. Robert Holden, both wonderful resources for this optimistic approach. Marsh utilizes these therapies in her practice as well as in her own life as the results are positive and self-empowering, and she witnesses the amazing benefits to her clients.

Valerie Marsh, MS, LMFT - Positive Power Psychology

 Valerie Marsh is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy, as well as relationship and life coaching. She is an interactive and intuitive therapist who utilizes positive energy psychology, solution-focused and cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques. For more information, call 612-772-2808 or visit


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