Bryony Shaw

Bryony is a Chartered Psychologist and Positive Psychology coach who works with her clients to help them realise their strengths and become the person they were meant to be. She helps them to live in accordance with their core values and have an increased sense of purpose. She also runs Positive Psychology courses for individuals and groups where she teaches science-backed techniques that boost psychological well-being and build resilience.  

Another area of research and practice that Bryony specialises in is the role of nature in enhancing well-being. She is also an experienced Psychology teacher and incorporates Positive Psychology in her teaching practices. She has a Masters degree in Positive Psychology (MAPP) and is particularly interested in supporting students to reach their full potential by helping them to overcome the labels and mindsets that hold them back.

She is one of the few practitioners to specifically develop Positive Psychology interventions to improve student well-being and resilience for the 16-19 education sector. In particular, she has developed and implemented growth mindset programmes and strength-based teaching methods and offers training and support to institutions that wish to implement such interventions.

Contact Bryony at positivepsychologycoaching@outlook.com

Website positivepsychologycoaching.co.uk

Bryony’s Blog

How To Maximise Your Strengths

How To Maximise Your Strengths

How do we know when we are using our strengths? It is when we are feeling energised when a task is easy and enjoyable to complete. It is when time passes quickly when we look up and think where did those two hours go. It is when we have a feeling of satisfaction in...

Mental Strength As Society Opens

Mental Strength As Society Opens

Who would have predicted the changes we have witnessed and lived through over the past few months? Certainly not me. While it has been an appalling time with much suffering and fear, the beauty of human nature has once again revealed itself during these unprecedented...

Knit 1, Purl 1, Decrease Stress

Knit 1, Purl 1, Decrease Stress

I have just returned from a weekend knitting festival feeling completely rejuvenated and raring to go. Why do I feel so refreshed? I believe it is because I have been using and witnessing many Positive Psychology principles in action. Mindfulness The benefits of...

Choose a Happy Winter

Choose a Happy Winter

Choose a Happy Winter We are beginning to get the first hints of winter, but before we start hibernating I'd like to take time to appreciate the autumn. What a beautiful autumn it has been. The season never fails to delight and by directly and consciously focusing on...

Nature’s Strengths

Nature’s Strengths

I have often written about the many benefits of being in nature which include increased feelings of well-being and happiness, reduced stress levels, improved concentration and lowered blood pressure.  This summer has offered many opportunities to explore varied...

Take Listening to a Higher Level

Take Listening to a Higher Level

Imagine a couple is moving house, it's an exciting time, they are able to upgrade and move to somewhere 'better'. It has the potential to be an uplifting experience that brings them together. They are growing and progressing, they are now able to get the study they...

The Joy Of Knitting

The Joy Of Knitting

Isn't it funny, you do something for years, you really enjoy it, you know that it is good for you and eventually scientific research backs up your personal experience. I'm pleased to say that that is happening with crafting and in particular knitting at the moment. In...

Reflections On A Beautiful Day

Reflections On A Beautiful Day

One Positive Psychology exercise involves creating and living A Beautiful Day. I have found this to be a wonderful exercise which leaves me with a calm, fulfilled feeling that can last for some days afterwards. The Beautiful Day exercise involves four stages: The...

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

I am continually excited about new research findings that add to our understanding of the benefits of doing things that are natural and free. Natural and free are important considerations as it means that they are accessible to most people. The Big Five Recently I...

Nature’s Spring Gift

Nature’s Spring Gift

Without any effort I am feeling more energised and I'm experiencing more positive emotions. Then I realise why. It's spring, the days are getting longer and nature shows us that we are on a different trajectory, no longer hunkering down and keeping warm, instead we...

A New State of Flow

A New State of Flow

At the start of the year I can look back over the first term of teaching in the academic year, and this year I am very appreciative of an unexpected experience I had. In the autumn term I write references for my students who are applying to university. This is a time...

The Joy Of Walking

The Joy Of Walking

Walking is one of my favourite ways to spend my time and it is something that is free and easily available to most of us. Whether it is walking out from my front door or walking in a national park, the effect it has on me is always positive. I find my mood becomes...

Preventative Psychology

Preventative Psychology

What’s in a name? While studying on the MAPP (Masters in Positive Psychology) a question that was discussed from time to time was the future of Positive Psychology and whether the name Positive Psychology was the most appropriate name for the discipline. This came...

Approach The New Year With Hope

Approach The New Year With Hope

Well we're a week into 2017 and what sort of a year will it be? Who knows what's in store for us. Whatever is in stall will be affected by the way that we approach it. If we can approach things in our lives with openness and curiosity we may get more out of it than...

Tackling The Negative – Part 3

Tackling The Negative – Part 3

One of the great strengths of Positive Psychology is the strong scientific basis it has in helping us to find ways to live life to the full and flourish. But it doesn't solely deal with the positive, the research can also be used to help us deal with the negative...

Universal Happiness?

Universal Happiness?

The recently published Word Happiness Report 2016 reported that the top five happiest counties in the world were Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Finland. It also reported that when taking continents as a whole, there was a difference between the happiness...

The Nurturing Power of Nature

The Nurturing Power of Nature

Like nature itself, the health benefits gain when experiencing nature are infinite and wondrous. In his renowned study, View through a window may influence recovery from surgery, Roger Ulrich compared the medical records of two groups of patients who undergone gall...

What Winter Has To Offer

What Winter Has To Offer

The challenges of winter Many people find the short, cold, dark days of January and February a challenge. This is hardly surprising as our body clocks are disrupted because our daily routines are not aligned with the natural daylight hours. Unlike our ancestors who...

A Year of Giving

A Year of Giving

Choosing presents In 2016, I would like to continue with one of the aspects of Christmas that I most enjoy. It is the choosing of presents, this makes me feel closer to friends and family when I'm not geographically close to them. It makes me smile when I find a gift...

Strengths in teaching

Strengths in teaching

Strengths in teaching It is the end of another academic year, a time for reflection. What went well? What engaged and energised the students? What do I need to adapt, abandon, create? Why do I reflect on how energised students are? This is because it is a sign that...