"Questions and compliments are the primary tools of the solution-focused approach. SF therapists and counselors deliberately refrain from making interpretations and rarely confront their clients. Instead, they focus on identifying the client's goals, generating a detailed description of what life will be like when the goal is accomplished and the problem is either gone or coped with satisfactorily. In order to develop effective solutions, they search diligently through the client's life experiences for "exceptions", e.g. times when some aspect of the client's goal was already happening to some degree, utilizing these to co-construct uniquely appropriate and effective solutions."
“If I accept the other person as something fixed, already diagnosed and classified, already shaped by his past, then I am doing my part to confirm this limited hypothesis. If I accept him as a process of becoming, then I am doing what I can to confirm or make real his potentialities.”
"Solution Focus has no theory of person, no picture of the person, fully functioning or otherwise. All that interests us is talking with the client in such a way that the client reports to us that they have made sufficient progress."
"Suppose a man is struck by a poisoned arrow and the doctor wishes to take out the arrow immediately. Suppose the man does not want the arrow removed until he knows who shot it, his age, his parents, and why he shot it. What would happen? If he were to wait until all these questions have been answered, the man might die first."
An excerpt from Do One Thing Different (1999), a solution-focused self-help book by Bill O'Hanlon: Shift Your Attention Method 1: Change your sensory channel. Switch between your visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, and gustatory senses. Notice which one you are using the most in the problem...
Change your sensory channel. Switch between your visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, and gustatory senses. Notice which one you are using the most in the problem situation and change to another one. Or focus on something else within the same sensory channel.
This book is a concise, practical, step-by-step introduction to the principles of dynamic psychotherapy. Designed for psychotherapists who wish to learn more about dynamic psychotherapy, the emphasis is on the practical rather than the theoretical. The book opens with a description of the steps...