Make an Outcome Oriented Assumption

I acknowledge having a bias in my assumptions about therapy. If parents bring in a child and say, "Johnny is displaying conduct problems," it is my assumption they are saying, "Show him ways of behaving more appropriately." If parents bring a teenager in and say, "Mary is anorexic," it is my assumption they are saying, "Teach her ways of eating better, or feeling better about herself." This is built on the understanding that the client wants to know more about attainment of the outcome than about having a more intimate knowledge of the problem. Holding such an assumption helps prevent the therapist from getting caught in the child's or parents' stories of an unfaltering problem and allows for an clearer perception of how to reach a solution.

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