Strength-Based Approaches to Healing

When I discuss strength-based approaches to healing, I emphasive approaches that, a) Capitalize on the internal and/or contextual resources that may be available for assistance; b) Build off this foundation to foster resilience; and c) Assist people in reconnecting with goals, values, and life purpose.

Some people are guided by inner resources such as the willingness to ask for help when struggling in life. This desire and potential hopefulness about change is a place to start. Other folks may have other types of resources such as cultural values and customs, emotional attunement, intellectual prowess, supportive relationships, as well as, coping mechanisms that help to fortify a strength base to advance healing. It’s not about deficits or pathologies, but rather opportunities to explore and cultivate effective ways of engaging in life with purpose and as a whole person.