Solution-Orientated Therapy

Has its roots in Milton Erickson, the most influential and charismatic hypnotherapist of the last 100 years. Is it surprising that such a pragmatic, practical down to earth approach has flowered from the father of modern hypnotherapy. It is probably testament to the thoroughness and practicality concealed within the ‘magic’ of Erickson’s work that Solution-Orientated Therapy is now acknowledged as the most effective and economical way of meeting a broad range ‘everyday’ client needs. It has proved to be effective with children, delinquents, institutionalised individuals, the ‘healthy neurotic’ and the man and woman on the street who just want to get rid of some baggage and lead a more fruitful life.

So what kind of baggage and what positive results? (Lists are boring but here is briefish one):

Building confidence and self esteem ­Stopping smoking; Controlling weight and eating problems; Resolving sleep problems; Managing stress in all aspects of life; Mastering public speaking and speech problems; Ending anxiety, panic, fears and phobias; Improving quality of life; Overcoming learning difficulties; Improving sports performance; Raising and fulfilling personal creativity; The promotion of good health; Controlling pain; Breaking bad habits and buiding new ones; Aiding natural childbirth and release emotional and physical trauma – to name but a few.

Solution-Orientated Therapy takes a major departure from the problem-focused orientation in psychotherapy begun by Freud and perpetuated by many therapies. These therapists see clients as problems seeking help; solution-focused therapists see clients as coming with solutions seeking expression.

Solution-Orientated Therapy can be traced back to Gregory Bateson and Milton Erickson. These innovators in their field did not title what they did as Solution-Orienatted Therapy, that cam­­­­­­­­­­e later but the outcome for their clients was one of moving as rapidly as possible to a more effective way of living, using the talents these clients already possessed.

Extensive research shows that the vast majority of clients come to a therapist seeking…

“… specific and focal problem resolution not… personality overhauls”

Shouldn’t we as therapists be guiding forwards towards a solution rather than backwards towards an explanation?