Positive CBT integrates positive psychology and solution-focused brief therapy within a cognitive-behavioral framework. It focuses not on reducing what is wrong, but on building what is right. This fourth wave of CBT, developed by Fredrike Bannink, is now being applied worldwide for various psychological disorders. After an introductory chapter exploring the three approaches incorporated in positive CBT, the research into the individual treatment protocol for use with clients with depression by Nicole Geschwind and her colleagues at Maastricht University is presented.
The two 8-session treatment protocols provide practitioners with a step-by-step guide on how to apply positive CBT with individual clients and groups. This approach goes beyond simply symptom reduction and instead focuses on the client’s desired future, on finding exceptions to problems and identifying competencies. Topics such as self-compassion, optimism, gratitude, and behavior maintenance are explored.
In addition to the protocols, two workbooks for clients are available online for download by practitioners. The materials for this book can be downloaded from the Hogrefe website after registration
Praise for the book
“Psychotherapy in quintessence involves integrating emotions and thoughts to change behavior for the better. Traditional CBT has done this well for a myriad of challenges. In Positive CBT, Fredrike Bannink and Nicole Geschwind expand and deepen the integration by adding what I think is the next frontier – to increase desired behavior, thus decreasing undesired behavior. The exercises offer clients the skills to foster the fulfillment and wellbeing that are so desirable in our contemporary topsy-turvy world.”
Tayyab Rashid, PhD, C.Psych., University of Toronto Scarborough, ON, Canada; Director of Practice, International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)
“Positive CBT offers a different approach not only for our clients but also for ourselves, therapists, as an antidote against burnout and general negativity.”
Prof. Filip Raes, Professor of Psychology at KU Leuven, Belgium
"People should more often focus on everything in their life that is going well, and that is exactly what this therapy is aimed at. I've noticed that when you focus on the things that are going well, the things that are not going well automatically get smaller."
Client in positive CBT
“Now I am really building the life that I want.”
Client in positive CBT