By Windy Dryden, Colin Feltham
In "Psychotherapy and its Discontents", 8 extraordinary and consultant critics of psychotherapy define their perspectives; and 8 psychotherapists provide responses to which the critics then offer rebuttals. The discussion among those critics and psychotherapists is meant to clarify the various inevitable components of bewilderment and to supply a fashion ahead from any entrenched pro-psychotherapy as opposed to anti-psychotherapy assertion right into a extra ecumenical debate.
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There are various ways to make this process easier. Some like to begin by using scaling as a part of their usual approach and developing their skills from there. Others choose one client for a complete first session. Some colleagues began by telling an existing ‘stuck’ client that they had heard about a new approach and wanted to try it out. Most clients seemed to find this respectful and interesting. In training courses the trainees are advised to try the whole set of questions in succession, using each part of the dialogue with a different client.
Solution-focused group work A number of workers have used group settings for solution-focused work. Most use essentially the standard form for solution-focused work but there are many variations. One option is to use the group form for goal-setting, scaling and reporting progress, but to ask the clients to work in pairs to interview each other about their miracle. The miracle question may be asked by the conductor to each client in turn, although this diminishes the chance of group-centred interaction.
Therapist: What will you do if it is not OK? Client: Phone you, maybe? Therapist: And as well as phoning here? Client: Maybe ask mum to help me. Therapist: Is there anything else that you want to mention today? Client: No, thanks. It is valuable to give the clients the choice about how long it should be before the next appointment. As a rule they will ask for a longer gap than the therapist expects, revealing their own self-confidence about managing their situation for a while. ’ If they have chosen their own time interval it is less common for them to request earlier appointments or to miss subsequent ones.