The WSQ-Discovery is a modern psychological instrument, relying on both historically relevant and current psychology research. It is co-authored by Drs. Timothy Johansson, Sr. and Casey Lankow, both psychology professionals trained in counseling psychology. The aim of counseling psychology is not to identify and treat problems, but rather, to join with and assist the client in discovering their identity and endeavors along their own unique personal growth journey.
The tenants of counseling psychology are rooted in traditional Freudian, psychodynamic, and self psychology, while drawing upon the rich theoretical frameworks of positive and social psychology and personality system theory.
Each of these theories, in the common pursuit of facilitating personal growth, espouse the basic view that efforts to gain psychological insight are always in service of the greater purpose: to improve one’s sense of well-being and not merely to reduce the effects of perceived symptoms or socially-defined diagnoses. Humans are not a collection of problems; they are a vital, living tapestry of experiences, opportunities, hopes, and strengths.
Born from these roots of counseling psychology, the WSQ-Discovery intends to provide insight for the purpose of equipping trained professionals who aspire to join with their clients on a journey to improve personal, professional, and relational well-being.