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Solution focused therapy is a postmodern approach, meaning that the approach deconstructs common beliefs and examines their role in a person’s life. The model empowers clients by using questions and statements that identify exceptions and building with the client a new, preferred story. Although the solution focused approach sounds simple, it has a complicated array of theoretical assumptions that often are challenging to therapists who use a problem focused approach. Doing solution focused therapy requires a suspension of beliefs and assumptions about clients and an examination of the client’s problem. It requires that the therapist not get in the way of the client’s goal and asks the therapist to pay attention to only what the client wants to work on in therapy. For example, if ...

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