Positive psychology coach


My reasons for becoming a positive psychology coach are many and have evolved from my interest in my own and also the development of my students, teams and leaders which i have had the honour to work with.  My personal challenges with mental health have been helped with my 26 years of Tai chi, Qi gong, Breathing and Mindfulness and have now been enhanced with Positive Psychology.

Positive psychology has brought everything together for me and because of that, and as always with me, I wish to share and help others.   To do this I use some of my top character strengths which are :-Unconditionality, Rapport Builder, Humour, Explainer, Esteem Builder.  I enjoy using these strengths and being aware of them, combining this with my years of working with individuals for the individuals mental health, emotional well-being and just understanding the ups and downs of  life by positive development for repairing faults, weaknesses and realising their best self.

Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D the founder of Positive psychology has this to say,
Psychology since World War II has been largely devoted to repairing weakness and understanding suffering. Towards that end, we have made considerable gains. We have a classification of mental illness that allows international collaboration, and through this collaboration we have developed effective psycho-therapeutic or pharmacological treatments for 14 major mental disorders. However, while building a strong science and practice of treating mental illness, we largely forgot about everyday well-being. Is the absence of mental illness and suffering sufficient to let individuals and communities flourish? Were all disabling conditions to disappear, what would make life worth living? Those committed to a science of positive psychology can draw on the effective research methods developed to understand and treat mental illness. Results from a new randomised, placebo-controlled study demonstrate that people are happier and less depressed three months after completing exercises targeting positive emotion. The ultimate goal of positive psychology is to make people happier by understanding and building positive emotion, gratification and meaning. Towards this end, we must supplement what we know about treating illness and repairing damage with knowledge about nurturing well-being in individuals and communities.

Martin E. P. Seligman, Acacia C. Parks and Tracy Steen Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania, 3701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

2004 The Royal Society