Chapter four review

This gives the therapist abundant information on whether the current problem is of significance to the patient and his overall condition. These seemingly general questions help the therapist in finding solutions that both the patient and the family are comfortable with.Secondly, the therapist tries to assess the various solutions that the family could have attempted in solving the problem. After having explored the issues that brought the clients to therapy, the therapist further finds out the various solutions that may have been attempted. After finding out these solutions, the therapist is able to suggest viable solutions that are appropriate for the problem. At same time, the therapist can also find out the reasons why their clients did not consider various other possible solutions to their problems (Patterson et al., 2009). Moreover, by finding out their reasoning, the therapist is able to identify possible barriers to the solving the problems at hand. The authors note that patients might avoid attempting possible solutions, as they fear their possible consequences. It also important to find out the attempted solutions due to the fact that the problem would have been made worse by the solutions they tried. Patterson et al. (2009) give an example of a client, husband, who withdraws from the family due to their disagreements and their partner interprets that they are not doing enough and that is the reason of the withdrawal of their partner. They are also able to figure out the client’s pattern in solving their problems and alternatively approach the problem in another completely different perspective. They can go further to find out if the client had attempted therapy ever before.The author observes that suicide victims often state their intent of ending their lives prior to committing the act. Suicide victim, often at times, confide in their family