Positive Psychology: A Proven Way to Increase Confidence and Self-Esteem
Jan 01, 2020 12:00AM
By Valerie Marsh
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 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 PositivePowerPsychology.com.
Valerie Marsh, of Positive Power Psychology, recently moved her office from Edina to a quiet and beautiful nature setting at 600 Twelve Oaks Center, Suite 206, in Wayzata. A practicing li... Read More »