The psychological ‘sweet life’

Humans seek well-being and a connected and engaged life more than anything else – they seek the ‘good life’.

I believe that the ‘good life’ is different for each person because it comes from living a life in alignment with your own personal characters and values.

The psychological ‘sweet life’ is a life where you learn to accept the good with the bad, the pleasant with the distressing, the awesome with terrible and everything else in between.

Allowing and accepting the inevitable range of thoughts and emotions that we experience helps us to lead a life that is engaged, meaningful, mindful and ultimately more connected.

A strengths-based approach to psychology

We all have strengths. It is our choice whether we use them to enhance our well-being.

I use evidence-based psychology to inspire and reinforce lifestyle change and to help you build your psychological resources and increase your psychological flexibility.

Mindfulness

The most basic explanation of mindfulness is:  paying attention to ‘x’, on purpose with curiosity.  It is engaging in the moment, in this present time with a non-judgemental stance.  Mindfulness training and therapy has emerged as a very powerful and evidence-based tool for enhancing psychological health and increasing psychological flexibility.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

ACT (pronounced ‘act’ not A.C.T) is based on the idea that, generally, trying to rid ourselves of pain and distress only increases it, and turns it into something traumatic.  The alternative is to accept it – but that doesn’t mean being defeated or helplessly tolerating suffering.  It is  more like, allowing our thoughts and feelings to be there.  We learn to make room for painful feelings, thoughts and sensations.  Observing them, making room for them and allowing them to be there.  Allowing them to come and go without struggling against them

Positive psychology

Positive psychology aims to increase flourishing.  It is a rapidly growing field of psychology that aims to bring solid empirical research into areas of well-being and personal strengths.  Positive psychology provides a more complete and balanced scientific understanding of the human experience and behaviour. Positive psychology utilises psychological theory, research, and intervention techniques to understand the positive and emotionally fulfilling aspects of human behaviour.