Institute of Positive System Psychotherapy and Psychotherapy Center ARCANA

Our institute was originally established in 1998 as the Czech-German Institute of Positive Psychotherapy, one of more than thirty institutes and centers of positive psychotherapy which operate all over the world. In 2008 the institute changed its name to the Institute of Positive System Psychotherapy.

The World Association for Positive Psychotherapy founded by Nossrat Peseschkian, the father of Positive Psychotherapy, represents this field of thought and practice.

Jiří Kulka, the author of Positive System Psychotherapy (PSP), further developed Peseschkian´s Positive Psychotherapy and based PSP on the general system theory and cybernetics, enriching it with the system theory of personality and theory of happiness, which were missing in the original theory. PSP has further included positive psychology and Ayurveda. Thus, a new school was formed, if not a psychotherapeutic school, then a new branch within Positive Psychotherapy.

Positive System Psychotherapy is defined as:

a professional medical discipline on the borders of psychology and medicine. Its goal is to help everybody, both healthy or ill, find their own way to a happy life. Sustaining physical and mental health is as important as recovery in cases of disorder or illness. We understand an individual to be a holistic system whose subsystems of body, soul, and spirit are inseparably connected.

Positive System Psychotherapy stems from the harmony of four areas:

motivation, execution, ego, and character substructures of personality, which, through adaptation and self-actualization, tend towards happiness. If the way is blocked or one cannot find it themselves , psychotherapy will accompany them on the way. According to Theory H (Kulka´s theory of happiness) we identify four dimensions of happiness – joy, pleasure, self-actualization, and the meaning of life.

Positive System Psychotherapy refuses diagnostic labeling

and primarily asks about problems and difficulties which it solves thereafter.  It is completely tolerant, non-judgemental, and positive in the sense that it seeks positive aspects, reserves, and the overall spiritual potential in each personality and life.

Positive System Psychotherapy refuses medicine

that focuses only on eliminating symptoms. It is always the whole, indivisible, individual who has problems. Therefore, we also employ some procedures that are used in alternative medicine. We pay close attention as to not be in contradiction with current scientific knowledge and ethics. We are in favor of far reaching cooperation among  professionals from various fields (multidisciplinary approach).

For further information, please click on the PSYCHOLOGY tab on our website, section Texts and at the address: www.positum.org

We work with adults and children, with groups, with families, and work groups.

For example, in adults we treat:

  • Unusual or unpleasant thoughts,
  • Shyness and fears, anxiety and stage fright,
  • Depression,
  • Feelings of inferiority and insecurity,
  • Lack of self-assertion,
  • Lack of concentration,
  • Intolerance, anger outbursts, jealousy,
  • Unpleasant feelings,
  • Problems with people, conflicts,
  • Feelings of loneliness,
  • Stress, not wanting to live,
  • Poor self-control,
  • Feelings of mistrust and persecution,
  • Various psychosomatic problems, pain, heart palpitations, flushing,
  • insomnia, sexual disorders,
  • and other mental disorders, personal, marital, family, work-related, etc.

In children, we treat:

When it does not endanger the treatment, we work with children in the presence of their parents. We consider family environment to be a natural context of treatment. If family members are missing, it is possible to work under different conditions. Children are supposed to look forward to visits at our practice.

  • Restlessness,
  • Lack of concentration,
  • Sensitivity,
  • Fearfulness, anxiety, fears, night terrors,
  • Temper tantrums, anger, rage, violence,
  • Being too withdrawn,
  • Poor speech, stuttering,
  • Bed-wetting,
  • Tics (e.g. facial twitches, shoulder jerks),
  • Poor academic results, truancy, thefts, lying,
  • Eating disorders,
  • Developmental disorders,
  • Emotional problems,
  • and other mental disorders.
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