Journal of Counseling and Psychology


College students face multiple challenges and can find college life to be overwhelming at times. In this paper, we examine how positive psychology, which embraces a strengths-based focus, has much to offer college students and their counselors. After providing an overview of positive psychology, we examine how positive psychology can be integrated into counseling generally and then more specifically into working with college students. We examine a number of different issues that college students face, and we offer different positive psychology techniques that have been found to be beneficial. Moreover, we provide a case study to demonstrate the benefits of taking a positive psychology approach to enhance counseling effectiveness. We also give attention to the potential benefits of taking a strengths-based approach to improving student retention and to how positive psychology can be applied to enhance the well-being of the counselor.