Blending Positive Psychology & Coaching

Updated: Mar 31, 2021

"Positive Psychology Coaching (PPC) is a scientifically-rooted approach

to helping clients increase well-being, enhance and apply strengths,

improve performance, and achieve valued goals.

At the core of PPC is a belief in the power of science

to elucidate the best [methods for development]."

Kauffman, Boniwell, and Silberman (2010).

All coaches must choose a model for coaching which guides the coaching process. Positive psychology coaching is a model that is backed by an abundance of research and evidence-based tools, resources, and assessments, creating a solid framework for supporting people in achieving their goals. It guides what the coach attends to, such as an individual’s strengths, values, energy, and passion. It also guides the types of questions the coach asks, focusing on solutions and forward movement, rather than on what’s not working. Moreover, the theories of positive psychology offer positive reframes, perspectives, insights and normalization of behaviour, situations, and events. It offers a mirror for clients to recognize their strengths, values, resourcefulness and resilience, as well as their limiting beliefs and triggers. Positive psychology helps to validate people's experiences, understand a shared humanity, and gives people permission to be human. Through the lens of positive psychology, coaches can quickly and compassionately help clients achieve the goals they need to flourish personally and professionally.

"Coaching is one of the best applications

of positive psychology."

~Dr. Martin Seligman

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