With this new edition of the first book by Steve de Shazer, a milestone in systemic literature is once again accessible that has reoriented family therapy in several respects. De Shazer builds the bridge to the other pioneers of systemic therapy Bateson, Erickson, MRI, Milan School and brings together their and his concepts to a new way of thinking, recognizing and deciding, a way that still shapes style today.
On the one hand, the book supports the departure from the classical way of psychotherapy, according to which one must first find out the reasons for a problem in order to solve it, and thus marks the birth of solution-oriented counselling. On the other hand, it establishes short-term therapy as a fully-fledged, independent form of therapy that works with special methods. In addition, there is a completely different evaluation of therapeutic phenomena such as resistance and new types of interventions such as reframing, homework, compliments, etc.
All this leads to a therapy model, which De Shazer explains in detail in its individual steps and on the basis of case studies. This makes the book an exciting expedition to the sources of systemic therapy for both beginners and experienced practitioners.…more