The Inherently Integrative Approach of Positive Psychotherapy

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Positive Psychotherapy (PPT) is a therapeutic metatheory and approach that was developed in 1968 by Dr. Nossrat Peseschkian. His contribution to psychotherapy is not to be confused with what is being called PPT and is an outgrowth of Positive Psychology begun by Dr. Martin Seligman in the U.S. Peseschkian's approach to therapy is inherently and systematically integrative, along the lines of being cross-cultural, multidisciplinary, therapeutically, and psychologically intertheoretic. This article presents some basic premises of PPT: the use of stories; having a positive starting point; basic and actual capacities; five-stage therapeutic model; as well as mentioning other aspects of PPT and a case study. PPT is well suited to therapists advocating integrative psychotherapy as demonstrated by empirical research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • capacities
  • integration
  • metatheory
  • stories

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