When people are at this point they certainly need help stabilizing their situation, and this is a crucial first step in helping people get what they want and need from life.
It is also possible that people have a greater motivation and desire for their life. Should the helping relationship be taken a step further to offer tools, skills, and resources allowing people a conduit for more optimal living?
Positive psychology is something that caught my attention because I got tired of focusing solely on illness and dysfunction. I wanted to learn how to be happier and enjoy life, instead of simply how to be less anxious and stressed out. I wanted to be able to help other people find greater fulfillment and meaning, instead of just deal with the necessities of life.
There are many things we can do personally and there are many techniques to apply to counseling, coaching, or other helping professions.