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Looking for the silver lining

Dear Insight,

My name is Jorge and I am writing to you this time because I need some help. I have often found myself grappling with uncomfortable feelings and tense moments in my everyday. The thing is I am currently experiencing loneliness, I’ve been living for 5 years in another country far away from home, I feel sad because I haven’t been able to develop a solid romantic relationship in a long time and I just feel life is pointless for me at this time.

What do you advise me to overcome these moments and make them less uncomfortable?


Dear Jorge,

It sounds like you're facing some challenging dynamics in your life. Navigating these situations can be difficult, but if I may suggest I certainly believe therapy could be really helpful. Have you heard about the Strength-Based approach? In the realm of mental health and well-being, the strength-based approach (SBP) is more than a therapeutic technique; it is a philosophy that underscores the inherent strengths, capabilities, and resources within individuals

I truly believe it would be a good idea if you mention this to your therapist to try to get the best of you out. The strength-based approach is a therapeutic framework rooted in the belief that every individual possesses inherent strengths and abilities that can be harnessed for personal growth and healing. Unlike traditional deficit-focused models, SBP encourages therapists to collaboratively identify and build upon the client's existing strengths, resources, and resilience.

Key Principles of Strength-Based Practice:

  • Empowerment and Collaboration: SBP places a premium on collaboration between the therapist and the client. The therapeutic relationship is built on mutual respect, trust, and a shared commitment to identifying and utilizing the client's strengths in the pursuit of positive outcomes.
  • Focus on Solutions, Not Problems: Rather than dwelling solely on problems and challenges, SBP centers on solutions. Therapists guide clients to explore their strengths and use them as tools to overcome obstacles, fostering a proactive and forward-looking mindset.
  • Cultivating Resilience: Resilience is a cornerstone of the strength-based approach. Therapists help clients recognize their capacity to bounce back from setbacks, building resilience as a key component of emotional well-being.
  • Holistic Perspective: SBP considers the whole person. It encompasses physical, emotional, social, and cultural dimensions, acknowledging that an individual's strengths are multifaceted and interconnected.

Applications of the Strength-Based Approach:

  • Mental Health Treatment: SBP is particularly effective in treating various mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, and trauma. By focusing on strengths, therapists empower clients to navigate challenges and develop coping strategies.
  • Education and Schools: In educational settings, the strength-based approach is applied to enhance student engagement, academic performance, and social-emotional development. Recognizing and nurturing students' strengths contributes to a positive learning environment.
  • Workplace Well-being: SBP extends to organizational contexts, promoting employee engagement, satisfaction, and productivity. By identifying and leveraging the strengths of individuals within a team, workplaces can create a more positive and supportive culture.
  • Family Therapy: Families benefit from SBP as therapists work collaboratively with members to identify and strengthen family dynamics. This approach fosters effective communication, resilience, and mutual support within the family unit.

As therapists and individuals alike embrace this empowering philosophy, the strength-based approach becomes a catalyst for building resilience, unlocking potential, and fostering a future imbued with strength, hope, and possibility.

Remember, change takes time, and it may not happen overnight. Focus on what you can control, which is your own responses and actions. I hope this suggestion helps you.

Here are some reputable sources that provide information and resources to help individuals dealing with Stress:

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat

Disaster Distress Helpline: CALL or TEXT 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish)

You can also contact The Samaritans for emotional support 24 hours a day - in full confidence. Call 116 123 - it's FREE.

For immediate assistance or if you are in crisis, please consider reaching out to the following hotlines:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text "HOME" to 741741

Remember that while these resources can provide valuable information, it's essential to consult with a mental health professional, such as a therapist or psychiatrist, for a personalized assessment and treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. The resources you choose may depend on the severity of your stress and your personal preferences. It's important to find the support that works best for you, whether that's through professional therapy, self-help tools, or a combination of approaches. If your stress is overwhelming or persistent, consider reaching out to a mental health professional for personalized guidance and support.

Disclaimer: The content on this website is for educational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice. Please consult with a qualified mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment.

If you or someone you know is in need of talking to a professional, contact us now to schedule your initial virtual session. You can call us at 888-409-8976 or click HERE to schedule it online.


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