What Is a Strengths-Based Approach to Mental Health?

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Strengths-based therapy focuses on things within you that already work vs things that are not working. Learn more about strengths-based therapy on HealthyPlace.

What is a Strengths-Based Approach to Mental Health?

You are not your mental illness, nor does your illness define who you are and how you live your life. A strengths-based approach to mental health recognizes and embraces these facts.

“Strengths” is a concept that encompasses many aspects of who people are. Strengths include character traits, talents, and abilities. When you recognize, develop, and use them, you can take forward action and be who you are. You are empowered to live well in spite of mental illness and other challenges.

Therapists draw from a variety of theories and techniques to help people work past mental health challenges. Some are problem-oriented and seek to uncover what is wrong. Other mental health professionals, such as strengths-based counselors, aren’t as concerned with the problem as they are with what is already working and what people have within them.

A strengths-based approach to mental health leans heavily toward exploring, developing, and using your traits and abilities to transcend problems; however, that doesn’t mean that strengths-based therapy never explores problems. Therapy is rarely all-or-nothing but instead uses a wide range of approaches to help people heal. Strengths-based therapy just focuses more on things within you that already work.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: Do you prefer exploring what is wrong or focusing and building on what is already right inside of you and in your life? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


From HealthyPlace YouTube Channel

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Schizoaffective Anxiety Makes Me Afraid to Wash My Hair
  2. Advocate for Mental Health Care Improvements for Your Child
  3. Self-Care for Mental Health: Find Ways that Work for You

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


Mental Health Quote

"When someone with anxiety asks. "Do you love me?”. “Are you sure?", don't get angry. We're trying hard, but sometimes we need reassurance. We feel like no one likes us sometimes. Deep down, we know it’s silly, but that doesn't stop us. We're still learning. Be patient."

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2018, November 19). What Is a Strengths-Based Approach to Mental Health?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 13 from

Last Updated: August 2, 2019

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