Solution-Focused Therapy

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

This Human Givens therapy involves talking and listening and believes in and focuses on living mindfully in the present and working towards a positive future rather than on the past, and focuses on the individual’s own strengths, abilities, skills, innate knowledge and possibilities.

We all need not just material and physical but also mental, emotional and spiritual nourishment if we are to flourish.

Our needs for meaning, security, safety and control, love, intimacy and connection to a wider community and to nature, as well as playfulness and laughter for example are some of the human givens, which need to be met if we are to develop to our full potential.

Solution-focused therapy may be woven into a Polarity Therapy body-work or a Therapeutic Touch session. If the person needs to spend time talking over a difficulty or perceived problem, then the full session will be devoted to Solution-focused Brief Therapy.


“People get nervous when they realise I’m lip reading.   It’s as though no-one has ever listened to them closely before”. [Laura Hope-Gill – Parabola Fall 2008]

“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf”! [Joseph Goldstein]


The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

RUMI The Essential Rumi translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne