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Questions and the Solution Focused approach

In the Solution Focused approach the practitioner asks questions - and more questions. Questions are all there is, in essence. So it is pretty important for us to be clear about the nature of the questions that we ask

Evan George shares some thoughts.

Matthias Freitag asks . . how do you paraphrase in Solution Focused Practice?

Matthias expands his questions adding: ‘Do you contribute to the co-constructed reality with paraphrasing? Do you believe in the concept of co-constructed reality? ... and I remember a scene in a Couples therapy with Steve de Shazer when the wife says "sometimes I HATE him" and Steve responds with a re-framing "You are sometimes ANGRY because you care a lot about him ..." - that is the way we paraphrase!’

Evan George responds.

Paula Lange asks about follow-up sessions . . .

We often say about Solution Focused practice that it is 'simple but not easy'. Perhaps we might go further and say that although it is theoretically simple it is neither intuitive nor always obvious or straightforward. Evan George highlights this characteristic of the approach in thinking about follow-up sessions.