Strength Based Therapy

Strength-based therapy, also known as strengths-based counseling or strengths-based approach, is a therapeutic approach that focuses on identifying and utilizing an individual's strengths and resources to promote personal growth, resilience, and well-being. It aims to shift the focus from problem-centered to strength-centered, empowering individuals to harness their inherent strengths in overcoming challenges.

Strength Based Therapy


Strength-based therapy emerged as a response to traditional deficit-based models, prevalent in the mid-20th century, that focused primarily on identifying and treating weaknesses in individuals. Influenced by positive psychology, the approach gained prominence in the late 20th century by emphasizing human strengths and positive attributes, challenging the deficit-oriented mindset.

Notable figures such as Dr. Martin Seligman, a key advocate of positive psychology, and Dr. Albert Bandura, known for his research on self-efficacy, played vital roles in popularizing the focus on individual strengths within therapy. This shift toward recognizing and leveraging strengths has become an integral part of various therapeutic disciplines, emphasizing resilience, empowerment, and a positive mindset as essential components of personal growth and well-being.

Focus theme / core-concept

The core concept of strength-based therapy is to identify and utilize an individual's inherent strengths, resources, and capabilities to promote healing, growth, and positive change. It highlights the importance of building on strengths rather than solely focusing on weaknesses or problems.


1. Enhanced Problem-Solving Skills: Promotes the use of strengths and resources to effectively address challenges, leading to improved problem-solving abilities and adaptive coping strategies.


Identify and Amplify Strengths: Encourage the recognition and enhancement of individual strengths to promote self-confidence and resilience.

Foster Positive Mindset: Cultivate a positive outlook and mindset by focusing on personal strengths, achievements, and capabilities.

Promote Self-Empowerment: Encourage individuals to recognize their potential and take ownership of their personal growth and development.

Enhance Resilience: Build resilience by emphasizing the utilization of strengths and resources to overcome challenges and adversity.

Encourage Goal-Driven Progress: Facilitate the setting of meaningful and achievable goals based on personal strengths, fostering a sense of purpose and accomplishment.


Appreciative Inquiry: Engages clients in exploring past successes and achievements to envision a positive and thriving future, emphasizing the discovery of what is working well.

Strengths Exploration Exercises: Involves specific activities and exercises designed to help clients identify and acknowledge their unique strengths, fostering a deeper understanding of their capabilities and potential.

Positive Self-Talk Techniques: Encourages the development of positive self-talk and affirmations that focus on individual strengths and achievements, promoting a more self-compassionate and empowering inner dialogue.

Asset Mapping: Facilitates the process of mapping out an individual's existing resources, networks, and support systems to recognize and leverage available strengths for personal growth and development.

Narrative Therapy: Utilizes storytelling and the exploration of personal narratives to highlight individual strengths and resilience, fostering a sense of empowerment and personal agency in shaping one's life story.