Positive Psychology

We understand how difficult it can be to have mental health struggles. It may seem like negativity is all you hear, and the focus is always on your problems. Positive psychology offers an alternative approach. It is a relatively new approach to studying human thoughts, feelings, and behaviour, that focuses on strengths instead of weaknesses. Positive psychology is a methodology that works on building and recognising the good in life instead of solely focusing on repairing the bad. It brings attention to the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive.
While many other branches of psychology primarily focus on dysfunction and abnormal behaviour, positive psychology focuses on ways of helping you prosper and lead a healthy, happy life.
Positive psychology can also prove incredibly helpful for those who are not diagnosed with a mental illness, but wish to make changes to improve their life.
This therapy is a priceless addition to treatment plans for mental health conditions including addiction that feature other approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy or EMDR therapy. Addcounsel adopts a multi-pronged programme of recovery, bringing together a range of quality treatment approaches to formulate the ideal treatment plan for your needs and goals.

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How Positive Psychology Works

Rather than trying to decrease or eliminate sadness, positive psychology works by focusing on increasing happiness and overall well-being, emphasising meaningful, deep long-lasting satisfaction, balance and joy. Although it explores and highlights the positive events and influences in your life, it is important to understand that this does not mean people are advised to ignore or push away negative emotions altogether. It is about finding balance.

During positive psychology sessions, time will be spent on topics such as character strengths, optimism, life satisfaction, happiness, wellbeing, gratitude, self-esteem, hope, and how connection to these can help you overcome or cope with difficult emotions or situations.

One of the most well-known models in positive psychology is referred to as PERMA. Which is an acronym:

P – Positive Emotions: A huge part of allround wellbeing is enjoyment of life, so recognising what brings you positive emotions is an important part of positive psychology.
E – Engagement: This is also sometimes referred to as flow, and captures the feeling that ‘time flies when you’re having fun’. It is becoming so engrossed and engaged in something that you may lose track of time. Positive psychology sees this as healthy, and that it is difficult to develop wellbeing if you are not truly engaged in anything you do.

R – (Positive) Relationships: We are social beings; it is what has kept the human race alive. We rely on meaningful connections and relationships to truly flourish and maintain social and emotional wellbeing.

M – Meaning: Finding a sense of meaning in your life is important for self confidence, stability, and wellbeing, yet many struggle with finding their goal or meaning in life. Positive psychology can help you recognize that there is something greater than ourselves.
A – Accomplishment / Achievement: Achieving our goals, succeeding at what we set out to do, and bettering ourselves gives a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Positive psychology can help you find the drive to achieve.

How Positive Psychology Can Help You

Positive psychology can help you realise the importance of perspective. When thinking about mental health and general wellbeing, it can be easy to focus on the negatives and the many things that you may wish to improve. There is value in this, and having goals to work towards is important. However, there is also a great deal of empowerment and intrinsic motivation that can be found when we re-frame our focus onto the positive aspects of life or wellbeing.

This is true for all aspects of life – the lense with which we see the world is powerful and determines our perspective, opinion or mind-set. The application of positive psychology can teach you just how important your perspective is. Adapting to have a more positive mindset, or working on being a little more optimistic rather than pessimistic can make a huge difference in your emotional and social wellbeing.

There are countless studies documenting the power of gratitude and positivity on mental health, and one study even found that displaying empathy toward strangers triggers oxytocin release which may be linked to an increase in trust and empathy.

In addition to teaching the power of perspective, positive psychology can also:

  • Increase self-esteem and feelings of self worth
  • Improve relationships with your colleagues, family friends and even strangers
  • Increase your productivity
  • Increase your success and intrinsic motivation

Treatment Tailored to You

Positive psychology was not established to replace traditional psychology, but to complement it with a focus on positive bias. As part of Addcounsel’s multi pronged approach, positive psychology adds a significant level of optimism and positivity to our treatment programs.
We understand just how scary it can be to walk into a treatment clinic and face past traumas, mental health issues, or addiction, but it doesn’t need to be overwhelming and we’re here to ensure you have everything you need.

At Addcounsel, we are committed to finding the best treatment plan for your individual needs and goals. Our expertly-trained team draws on a world-leading selection of diverse treatment modalities to deliver the best program for you.

Our luxury accommodation and care will ensure you are in the best environment for long-term recovery or healing. For more information, contact us today at +44 (0)203 709 3968 or email us at for an in-depth look at treatment and what you can expect in the admissions process.

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