Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
As a trauma informed therapist, I agree with the psychodynamic perspective that painful feelings are caused by forgotten childhood experiences. However, I don't believe that the only way to relieve these feelings is through long, difficult analysis to root out unconscious memories and associations. As a cognitive behavioral therapists, I have the training to access a much more immediate source of emotions, which are my client's current train of thought. It has been demonstrated over and over again that the most painful emotions are preceded by some kind of interpreting thought.
“Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living” (Peterson, 2008). It studies human thoughts, feelings, and behavior, with a focus on strengths instead of weaknesses. As a field, positive psychology spends much of its time thinking about an individual's strengths, optimism, gratitude, compassion and ability to foster hope. This strength based approach has helped many of my clients improve their life satisfaction, well-being and self-confidence.
Relational/ Attachment Approach
Attachment theory explores our early attachments to caregivers, and explains how positive early childhood attachment leads to healthier, happier adults. On the other hand, attachment theory shows how childhood neglect, abuse or separation from important care figures can lead to extreme maladjustment later on in life. Similarly, relational theory focuses on how healthy relationships provide an essential aspect of human well-being, and suggests that when this connection is absent, mental and emotional concerns can result.