Skip to Navigation

Researching a new book on brief therapy I have been struck once again by how much work has been done on understanding what helps people with change in their lives. The information is out there, but for the most part we ignore it.

Instead of looking at what works – what has helped someone change or adapt to change in the past, for example – we all too often tend to do more of the same. Repeating our failed attempts simply reinforces our sense of powerlessness in relation to the problem. This is doubly damaging when our job is to help others change and our strategies involve setting them up for failure.

However well we know them, it is useful to revisit the simple rules:

  • Find out what works and do more of it.
  • If it’s not working do something different.

Buy the book:

Solution Focused Therapy for the Helping Professions.

 

Latest from the blog

Wake Up to Sleeping Well

Sleeping well is a goal that eludes some people. Like nothing worth doing well, good sleep needs preparation.

Continue reading

The Unexamined Life

The inner life and the practice of its skills are the keys to living well.
Socrates famously said “The unexamined life is not worth living”, yet just as famously we often neglect to look inside ourselves when we encounter life’s difficulties.

Continue reading

How You Behave Is What You Are

We are exhorted to grow and change, often by those with vested interests and it’s a short step to self-improvement bandwagon.

Striving to be ourselves is not something that is familiar, but there are hidden advantages.

Continue reading
FREE DOWNLOAD - Get it now.

How to be more Resilient

Get my super-helpful guide '9 Steps to Resilience' absolutely FREE, when you subscribe to my newsletter.

Understand the steps to resilience and you can develop the ability to cope with problems and setbacks with less stress and more confidence.
close-link
%d bloggers like this: