Solution Focused (Brief) Coaching

Using the solution-focused brief coaching approach, our work with clients is future-focused and strengths-based, which is a paradigm shift from the classical problem-focused approach. Through reflective dialogue, our discussion guides the client to assess what they bring to the situation and develop applicable solutions. We use hope theory to help our clients achieve their desired outcomes.

The guiding assumptions for solution-focused brief practice identified in Ratner, George and Iveson (2012) include:

  1. All clients are motivated towards something.
  2. Attempting to understand the cause of a problem is not a necessary or useful step towards resolution.
  3. However fixed the problem pattern may appear to be, there are always times when the client is doing some of the solution.
  4. Sometimes only the smallest of changes is necessary to set in motion a solution to the problem.
  5. Small steps can lead to big changes.
  6. The solution is not necessarily related to the problem.
  7. The language for solution development is different from that needed to describe a problem.
  8. The future is both created and negotiable

Ratner, George and Iveson (2012) describe solution-focused brief coaching as a time-sensitive approach to enabling people to build change in their lives. It believes that change comes from two principle sources: from encouraging people to describe their preferred future and from detailing instances of success.

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