Solution-focused brief therapy

Solution-focused brief therapy is based on the idea of building solutions rather than solving problems.

As an approach to psychotherapy,  it usually involves a small number of sessions (three to five) which explore your hopes for the future and what's available to help you rather than looking at your current problems and what might have caused them.

One way you're encouraged to find your own solutions is through different forms of questioning. The 'miracle question' is a central part of solution-focussed therapy; a specific question asking you to imagine what your life would be like if something miraculous occurred overnight and then articulate what changes that would cause.

"Suppose tonight while you sleep, a miracle happens," you might be asked. "When you awake tomorrow morning, what will you see yourself doing, thinking, or believing about yourself that will tell you a miracle has happened in your life?"

The theory behind this question is that it doesn't focus on the reasons why you feel you can't achieve something.