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It is estimated that 1-in-4 people experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives; however, almost all of us will, at some point, find ourselves stuck in a situation where we don’t know what to do next.  Whether it’s related to relationships, our finances, career, family, achieving a balanced life style, or simply ‘being happy in our own skin’, we all struggle with problems from time to time.  Most of the time we manage to solve these problems for ourselves, but sometimes it helps to talk to someone.

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Solution focused life coaching is just what it says.  It’s talking to a professional who is trained to help you focus on your goals, and help you to hone your existing skills and attributes in a way that will help you successfully move towards achieving those goals.  Solution focused life coaching doesn’t dwell on how the problem situation has arisen (“how could you let this happen?”), it simply accepts that it exists and then explores what we are going to do to move on (“how will you know when the problem is gone?”).   The approach is similar to the maze puzzles we used to play as children. If we try and 'solve' the maze we frequently end up going down 'blind alleys' and becoming stuck. However, some of us discovered that if we started at the end of the maze (where we wanted to get to) and worked backwards, the process was much more straightforward and less time consuming. 

Rather than attempting to trace the background (or supposed cause) of a problem, Solution Focused practitioners are more likely to ask a client, “If you don’t like where you are now (or what you’re doing now), where would you rather be (what would you rather be doing)?”  In many ways it’s a common sense approach: imagine you were in a restaurant and declined the 'Special' because you didn’t like it.  Would you expect the waiter to ask you why you didn’t like it, how do you know you don’t like it, when had you stopped liking it (had your mother cooked it for you as a child); or would you expect the waiter to ask you what you’d like instead? Solution Focused Interactions are like that; they are collaborative exchanges in which client and practitioner co-construct solutions based on what the client wants to achieve.

Contact Steve if you would like to discuss making a life coaching appointment.