Approach to Counseling
In addition to coaching, Shira Levy, NCSP, MAPP and BMORE Thrives founder, is a passionate, strength-based and solution-focused registered psychology associate and nationally certified school psychologist. She earned her Master’s degree and Advanced Graduate Specialist Certificate in School Psychology from Towson University, Maryland. In 2014, Shira graduated from The University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology program. As a school psychologist and positive psychology practitioner, Shira cares deeply about the well-being of children, adolescents, and adults. She has a passion for tailoring services toward goal attainment, engagement, productivity, improved relationships, and sustainable happiness. Additional mindfulness training from The University of Pennsylvania allows Shira to integrate mindfulness as a mainstay practice throughout her practice. Shira relies upon the practices of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Positive Psychotherapy (PPT), Motivational Interviewing, and Brief Solution Focused Counseling, to help clients achieve results.
As a parent herself, Shira has a strong interest in helping parents learn about strength-based, positive parenting practices to increase family and child wellbeing, life satisfaction, relationships, and happiness. With youth and adults alike, Shira works with individuals and groups to help them combat anxiety, stress, social skills weaknesses, anger management, and depression, through discovering and capitalizing on strengths to boost happiness. Shira helps clients bring to light positivity, passion, and purpose in life. Her own strengths of use of love, humor and kindness present a laid-back and comforting atmosphere for clients.
What is Positive Psychotherapy?
Positive psychotherapy (PPT) contrasts with standard interventions for depression by increasing positive emotion, engagement, and meaning rather than directly targeting depressive symptoms. PPT is influenced by the humanistic, psychodynamic, and transcultural approaches to treatment, is founded on the premise that human nature is intrinsically good. This type of therapy amplifies positive resources; specifically, positive emotions, character strengths, meaning, positive relationships, and intrinsically motivated accomplishments. Studies have shown that PPT exercises are often reported to be "life changing" and capable of relieving depressive symptoms for at least 6 months and one year follow-ups. Read more about the benefits of PPT here. Want some research? Check this out!
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