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Solution Oriented Therapy

Translating events into words (‘verbalize’) gives meaning to reality. In such case where an experience knows only one exclusive interpretation, it could result in a meaning that makes you suffer. Starting from the solution oriented perspective options are introduced relating to the strengths and resources of the very client.

Every problem knows multiple solutions and analyzing the respective options may prove to be more effective than analyzing the problem. Here, the client is the expert; he is the one that defines his goal and the road thereto.

Starting points may be:

  • The client’s approval is respected above all
  • The client has healing skills of his own
  • Solutions often don’t relate to the problem
  • A possibility allowing to choose between options usually improves one’s psychical well-being

For some problems no feasible solution may be available. Traumatic experiences of the past are irreversible. This may concern a past choice of one’s partner, one’s children or career. Besides, culture, sex, age, the place and era we are living in, our sociocultural background and education are a given that cannot be “solved”. Making a distinction between problem and constraint protects therapist and client from trying to “solve” constraints and getting entangled into endless therapies. Together with her client, Birgitte Beelen explores how to possibly deal with constraints, leading to less distress and how much time is to be spend on this process.