Rather than pursuing long explorations into the past in search of explanations as to why something is painful, this model focuses on the present. The model allows me to concentrate on descriptions of what isn’t working, and together we are then able to construct alternative actions and behaviors that will benefit the client. This is usually not a common sense solution, but allows clients to reframe their current situation and attain a different perspective on their reality. After the progress we make during consultations, the undesired behavior of the past no longer occurs within the context of the reframed system of the future.
What makes my work interesting, challenging, and effective is understanding ‘circular thinking’. The problem that emerges in every situation is understanding which actions are reactions to the behavior of others. Solving the current problem is finding the best response, even if it is not adaptive. Through consultation we understand maladaptive behavior, whether in the family, the school, or the business environment, then look to break the negative cycle.