When I tell people I practice solution focused therapy, they often ask me something along the lines of…
“So do you tell people how to solve their problems?”
I’m writing this blog in an attempt to bust this frustrating myth that misconstrues the fundamental core of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.
Solution Focused Therapists offer no solutions. Not one.
We do not interrogate you until you squeeze out a goal or two.
We do not spring clean your brain with questions until we have deciphered exactly what you want to do, and how you want to do it.
We do not get you to sign on a dotted line, ‘this is my goal’ and then pester you for progress reports.
We do not have enormous brains stuffed to the brim with solutions to everyone’s problems.
When we train as solution focused therapists, we learn to communicate using solution focused language. It is this language we use in sessions to help guide you towards your own solutions.
We believe you have the capacity to reach your own solutions to the challenges you face. This belief guides us in everything we say.
We are not interested in committing you to any one goal or another, we simply aim to help you open doors in your thinking that lead towards hope. The rest of the journey is all yours.
We take responsibility if you are struggling to reach your goals – this is because we haven’t found the right questions to help guide you there.
We assume change, because life is change. We don’t expect you to report on it, we simply ask questions to help you to explore it, your role in it, and what it means to you.
Solution Focused Therapy is like turning the lights on to your lived experience, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Exploring your hopes in as much detail as the present moment and with as much flexibility as a dream. Creating reality through language.