Psychotherapy Perspectives

Monday, June 05, 2006

Problem saturated therapy

Often when people go to therapy, they want help with issues and problems they are experiencing. Usually this is where they need to start. The challenge is that if the focus is primarily based on the problem, therapy becomes "problem saturated". We believe the individual is the expert on themselves and in charge of their "story". The therapists role is to collaborate with the client on developing more enriching stories and to create expansive stories about themselves. This approach discourages the individual from being "problem focused" or "problem saturated". The therapist is not the "expert" and joins with the client or "expert on themselves" in the evolution and evolvement of stories that enhance thier ability for more energetic and positive experiences rather than existing in the limitations of their previous stories.

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