Strength-Based Therapy

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Strength-based therapy is a type of positive psychotherapy and counseling that focuses on your inherent strengths and resourcefulness rather than your inadequacies, failures, and flaws. This focus sets a positive mentality that helps you to build on your best traits, discover your strengths, improve your resilience, and shift your worldview to a more positive one. A positive attitude, in turn, might help you have more acceptable expectations of yourself and others.

Strength-based therapy is a type of talk therapy that walks you through a retelling of your personal history of traumas, stressors, and pain, with an emphasis on yourself as a survivor rather than a victim, and an emphasis on your strengths and survival skills rather than your weaknesses. The idea is for you to recognize that you already have the skills and strength to survive and that you can apply those same strengths to deal with tough situations in other areas of your life.

Strength-based therapy techniques can be used in a variety of counseling and therapy types. Seek for a licensed, experienced counselor, social worker, psychotherapist, or other mental health professional who has received strength-based therapy training. Find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable sharing personal issues, in addition to someone with the necessary educational background, experience, and positive approach.

Anyone who has low self-esteem or emotional problems as a result of an abusive relationship with a parent or partner can benefit from strength-based therapy. This includes people suffering from major mental issues such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, who can benefit from strength-based therapy to boost their confidence and reduce the stress of living with such a condition. Individuals of all ages, couples, and families can benefit from strength-based therapy.

Because of his many contributions to the field in the late 1900s and early years, American psychotherapist Donald Clifton became known as the “father of strength-based therapy,” but the practice evolved from the work of people from various disciplines, including social work, counseling psychology, positive psychology, solution-focused therapy, and narrative therapy. The notion underlying strength-based therapy is that people find their inner strengths through conflict. People’s reactions to life’s problems are determined by whether they believe they are functioning from a position of strength or deficiency. Those with a strength mindset focus on their positive traits, whereas those with a deficit mindset focus on their deficiencies and flaws, both in themselves and others. Each mindset has a different impact on future thinking and behavior. Strength-based therapy focuses on a person’s positive thinking habits and circumstances rather than their shortcomings. It aids in determining what works best for each individual by seeing people for who they are as individuals rather than who they are as a result of their disease.

What is the next step?

If you or someone you love is considering individual therapy or counseling, please contact Through The Forest Counseling. We are a team of professionals who have the expertise to help.

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