Sarı, Tugba, Eryılmaz Ali (2020): Positive Psychotherapy in PTSD and Post-traumatic Growth. In Positive Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychology (pp. 153-163). Springer, Cham.


Responses after traumatic experience vary from individual to individual. In some cases, severe symptoms and disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, are seen after the traumatic event. In recent years, studies related to traumatic events have revealed both positive and negative effects of trauma. According to the latest research in positive psychology, enormous growth and development has been observed after unimaginable suffering, trauma, and pain. Positive changes from highly challenging life events are defined as post-traumatic growth. Working on increasing the client’s capacity for post-traumatic growth could not only enhance development, but it could also help decrease the symptoms of post-traumatic disorders. Positive Psychotherapy (PPT after Peseschkian) naturally involves fostering post-traumatic growth. The balance model, a keystone of Positive Psychotherapy, and the use of stories are effective tools in supporting the post-traumatic growth process. The purpose of this chapter is to introduce positive interventions to increase post-traumatic growth based on Positive Psychotherapy principles. Case examples are provided for the five stages of Positive Psychotherapy.… Read more