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It is easy to imagine how a fear of positive emotions could complicate the counseling process. Many counseling approaches utilize methods designed to increase positive feelings, especially for individuals suffering from depression. These approaches might seem unrealistic or even threatening to someone with a fear of happiness.
For someone with a fear of positive emotions who is seeking counseling, it may be helpful to discuss this fear with one's counselor early in the relationship. Working to increase one's acceptance of happiness early in the counseling process could lead to a more positive and successful experience.