Traditional Psychotherapy works from a disease model and attempts to help lift people from a below-normal level of functioning with a therapeutic focus on “fixing things.” Clients sometimes describe themselves as languishing and needing clinical psychiatric and psychological services.
Positive Psychology and coaching stem from a change model introduced by Abraham Maslow (1954) and further expanded by Martin Seligman (2000), among others, and seeks to help people who are relatively non-damaged move to a higher level of functioning where they might flourish.
Positive Psychology is “a scientifically-rooted approach to helping clients increase well-being, enhance and apply strengths, improve performance and achieve valued goals.” – Kauffman, Boniwell & Silberman, 2009
Positive psychology does not entail the development of a medical record, filing of health insurance claims, or the undue exploration of one’s family of origin issues. Its focus is to help the client achieve and maintain a higher level of prosperity, life satisfaction, and happiness.
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