This chapter presents the second of two theoretical maps that belong to the third wave of counselling theory. Like the narrative approach, it eschews pathology and problems. It shares some of the values of the humanist models of counselling and has some features in common with cognitive behavioural therapies in that it uses cognitive and behavioural questions and frequently leads to tasks to be carried out (although the range of questions used is much broader, encompassing narrative, experiential and systems dimensions of clients’ lives). However, the focus is quite different. As its name implies, this approach focuses on understanding solutions maintaining that it is not necessary to understand a problem in order to understand its solution. Any link between the problem and the solution may be nominal. This approach begins at the end (the solution) and works back from there, rather like a navigator plotting a sea journey, pinpointing the destination first and then drawing a line back to the present position.
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