Sounds like a straightforward question, and it’s an approach that appeals to clients who prefer to move forwards, either because they have already come to terms with issues from their past, or because they simply don’t feel the need to revisit them.
The Solution Focused approach was developed in the US in the early 1980s by husband and wife team, Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer. These two pioneering psychotherapists led a team working with families at the Milwaukee Brief Family Therapy Centre. The team noticed that their clients improved more when they were asked to focus on solutions to their problems, rather than the problems themselves.
After analysing the outcomes of many thousands of hours of therapy, they developed the therapy and devised a brief programme of treatment, with the aim of moving clients forward quickly. Over the years ‘Solution Focused Brief Therapy’ (SFBT) has evolved and the Solution Focused approach has been adopted by organisations, not only for therapy but also for business purposes, such as personal development, organisational management and change management .
In Solution Focused Hypnotherapy we use the best of the SFBT approach to evoke a positive state of mind in our clients and enhance that positivity with the effects of trance.
How do we do that? Well, we encourage problem-free talk by asking Solution Focused questions and helping clients to find positive answers. So, rather than saying ‘I wouldn’t be stressed’, we encourage our clients to explain what it’s like to be free from stress – expressed positively. That might be ‘I would be calm’ or ‘I would be coping better with the children’ or ‘I would be making time for me’.
It’s so important that we focus on what we want, rather than reminding ourselves what we don’t want.
So, what do you want?
Did you answer with a negative or a positive statement? If it was negatively expressed, turn it around into a statement of what you do want.
With practice, you’ll find yourself naturally focusing on the positive. It’s an immensely empowering habit to develop.