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