Well-being is an important topic for many different professions. From health professionals to politicians, a number of fields seek to research, understand and promote wellbeing. As a concept at the heart of psychotherapeutic practice, it is essential that trainee and practising therapists understand the distinctive contribution to our understanding of well-being that each of these professions have made. In this unique text, author Digby Tantam explores the philosophical, political, economical, psychological, medical and spiritual perspectives on well-being through a psychotherapeutic lens, explaining current research data and summarising findings. Theoretical approaches are balanced with an insight into their practical applications, showing therapists how each approach can inform their practice and make a real difference to the life satisfaction and health of their clients.

The Psychotherapist’s Viewpoint

The Psychotherapist’s Viewpoint

Suppose that Fred is one of our readers and that he has just got to this point in the book. He wants to be happy and healthy but in the right way, so he has been making some notes of what we have said about positive psychology, healthy living and spirituality. Today, feeling inspired by what he has read, he has decided that he will go for a long walk in nature and open himself up to its joys.

Two hours after he was due to set off, however, Fred is still at home. First of all, it was a bit too cool, and there was a threat of rain, so he thought it best not to set off immediately. ...

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