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(p. 1) Introducing Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy 

(p. 1) Introducing Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy
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(p. 1) Introducing Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy
Author(s):

Collie W. Conoley

and Michael J. Scheel

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190681722.003.0001
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date: 25 June 2018

This chapter provides an overview of the philosophy and foundational premises of Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy. Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy is described as a comprehensive psychotherapy model built primarily upon positive psychology principles to optimize well-being, which diminishes the effects of psychological distress. The theory of change is the Broaden-and-Build Theory of positive emotions. The therapeutic process promotes client strengths, hope, and positive emotions in order to assist the client in attaining goals, making growth toward goals in psychotherapy and life more enjoyable. Issues of ethics, psychological metaphor, therapeutic alliance, client context, and a case example of a client with posttraumatic stress disorder are presented.

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