“Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy (GFPP) is the first comprehensive approach to strength-oriented therapy that fully incorporates positive psychology principles.

GFPP consists of four hallmarks:

(1) formation of approach goals (Approach-oriented goals involve reaching or maintaining desired outcomes. Avoidance goals focus on avoiding or eliminating undesired outcomes);

(2) identification and use of client strengths;

(3) promotion of positive emotions and experiences; and

(4) building hope.

Unique to psychotherapy, the theory of change uses Frederickson’s Broaden-and-Build Theory of positive emotions.

A three-year study provides evidence of GFPP’s outcome effectiveness and GFPP’s superiority in supporting therapists building therapeutic alliances with clients.”

It is…

  • “The first comprehensive approach to strength-oriented therapy that fully incorporates positive psychology principles
  • Distinct from other positive psychotherapies in offering the only presentation of an integrative positive psychology psychotherapy model with a theory of change, research support of the model, and a set of techniques
  • GFPP is non-pathologizing, strength-oriented, preventive, and contextually fitting.”

From the book: Goal Focused Positive Psychology: A Strengths-based Approach by Collie W. Conoley and Michael J. Scheel