Positive Psychology – Lauren Burrow

Lauren Burrow       Quals: B. Psychological Science (Hons); Grad. Cert. Health Promotion

Positive Psychology: You just have to watch the news these days to realise how proliferating the negatives are in our world – each evening, we are bombarded with stories of woe and pain. It’s not surprising that people start seeing the negatives then all around them in their regular life: Positive Psychology’s aim is to study how things go RIGHT in the world, and to assist people to flourish in their lives and achieve optimal functioning. Positive Psychology is able to  complement traditional, medically-based models of what is “wrong” with someone, and it is something that influences my own approach with all of my clients. Positive Psychology aims to help people rise to life’s challenges (making the most of setbacks and adversity), to help people engage with and relate to others, to find fulfilment in creativity and productivity, and to look beyond oneself and help others (Keyes & Haidt, 2004).

Counselling Approach: The aim of Positive Psychology, and of my own work with clients, is to understand and build human strengths, and this can be done through refocusing on what is going well (for example through the use of Gratitude Diaries), identifying activities where clients feel “flow”, setting meaningful goals, and helping others. These tasks and other tasks for creating more meaningful and fulfilling lives are woven into the other therapies I practice, including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220 for initial appointment, $180 thereafter. Medicare and health rebates may apply. Reduced rates may be available please call reception.

Availability: Usually within a week.

Practice Location: 3 / 1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt Central, Brisbane

Appointments: (07) 3088 5422 or book Lauren Burrow online now!

Positive Psychology – Dr Catherine Hynes

Dr Catherine Hynes   Quals: Phd (Clinical Psychology & Clinical Neuropsychology), MA (Cognitive Neuroscience), BA Hons (Philosophy & Neuroscience)

Positive Psychology: Positive Psychology is an evidence-based approach to life that underlies all the therapies that I practice. A mounting body of research is showing that we can improve our wellbeing and enhance our ability to experience happiness if we learn to focus on positive things, and develop regular habits of noticing the positive aspects of our lives. This is an important practice because our brains have developed to keep us alive, and therefore they have a bias towards noticing threats and problems. Given this strong tendency, it is helpful to consciously counter-act our negativity bias by establishing a deliberate focus on positive events and feelings.

Counselling Approach: I often weave aspects of Positive Psychology into the therapies that I practice. Positive Psychology involves looking for positive events and aspects of life, and deliberately focusing on them, and experiencing the feelings that they evoke in us. It may involve planning to write in a journal about a positive experience every day, or noticing a positive character trait in ourselves. It can also involve developing a regular habit of feeling gratitude for the things you have, no matter how small or insignificant, or working on forgiveness and letting go of past grievances. Positive Psychology can make very positive and powerful differences to people’s lives.

Dr Catherine Hynes Psychologist

Current Availability: Usually 2- 4 week waiting list.

Fees: $220 per hour (Initial appt $260).  Please contact Dr Hynes before booking if you require a discounted rate.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments: (07) 3088 5422