Positive Psychology

The moment I first heard the term ‘positive psychology’ my interest was aroused even though I didn’t know much about it. Not to be confused with ‘positive thinking’, positive psychology is a branch of psychology that focuses on the scientific theory and research of ‘what makes a life worth living’. This is in contrast to the more traditional approach of psychology that has tended to concentrate more on the problems and conditions of people suffering in some way. Positive psychology then, can be regarded as a way of balancing things out. If we understand what makes people feel sad and depressed, isn’t it reasonable to also understand what makes them feel happy, and (in positive psychology terms) helps people flourish?

Positive psychology has had a profound and positive experience in my life since the moment I picked up my first book on the subject, (Positivity – Barbara Fredrickson). I was so inspired and later I enrolled on the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology course (MAPP) at Bucks New University, eager to learn all I could. After graduating with the MSc qualification I became an associate lecturer on the MAPP course and along with my colleague Dan Collinson, we formed a new company Positive Psychology Learning (positivepsychologylearning.com) which runs a number of experiential learning courses in assocation with Bucks New University.

I have a solid background of the clinical application of hypnosis to help people overcome stress, anxiety and unwanted habits and behaviours, but what gives me the greatest pleasure is being able to help my clients, not just overcome their problems, but continue to flourish and optimise their subjective wellbeing. It was said as a bit of a joke, “Lesley spent 4 years at university exploring the range of emotions from utter despair to total euphoria” but in fact it is true. Most therapy ends when clients overcome their problems, but through the application of positive psychology the work can continue until clients are in a range of positive affect well above ‘the norm’. Happiness is not simply the absence of unhappiness just as wellness is not simply the absence of illness.

I deliver positive psychology coaching sessions for individuals and for groups, either in face-to-face sessions or via telephone conferencing. Positive psychology coaching can provide practical support and assistance for a range of different needs. Here are some typical examples that may apply to you – You are motivated to make positive change but have difficulty finding the right approach or you need to develop certain character traits to help you persevere when situations become challenging. You’d like to improve your relationships with others and enhance your feelings of confidence, sense of purpose and general happiness. You feel there is ‘something missing’ and want to learn more about the science based interventions that are shown to enhance positive emotions, social connection, health and wellbeing. You simply want to know more about positive psychology and learn how you can apply the ‘science of happiness’ into your daily life.  


Harley Street Consultations (50 minutes) Positive Psychology coaching £110 per session New Forest Consultations (50 – 60 minutes) Positive Psychology coaching £50 per session Telephone Consultations   (Enquiry and initial consultation – free) Positive Psychology coaching – £50 per session (45-60 minute (Discounted, pre-booked block sessions available)   For details of experiental learning about the science of positive psychology please vist positivepsychologylearning.com