This book gave me a profound shift in thinking and solving problems. My engineering degree trained me to think in terms of understanding the problem to find the solution. While this makes sense when you need to know why a bridge fell down so that next time it won’t, it is not always the best approach for every area of our lives.
Instead this book explores the concept of finding out what works and doing more of it to move step-by-step towards you ideal solution rather than spending time on understanding the problem to find the solution. The approach was developed from Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) which was developed by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg.
SFBT focuses on what clients want to achieve through therapy rather than on the problem(s) that made them seek help. The approach does not focus on the past, but instead, focuses on the present and future. The therapist/counselor uses respectful curiosity to invite the client to envision their preferred future and then therapist and client start attending to any moves towards it whether these are small increments or large changes. To support this, questions are asked about the client’s story, strengths and resources, and about exceptions to the problem.
Over the years, I have found the questions and focus of The Solutions Focus and SFBT to be a valuable complement to EFT. Learn how to take a solutions-focused approach to your goals in this 1 hour mp3 program. You can also, listen to how Solutions Focus and EFT can be combined to move towards what your want once you have healed past events.
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