Northwest Brief Therapy Training Center
Olympia, Washington


Deconstruction: “to deconstruct means to take apart the interpretive assumptions of the system of meaning that you are examining, to challenge the interpretive system in such a manner that you reveal the assumptions on which the model is based. At the same time as these are revealed, you open the space for alternate understanding” (Anderson & Goolishian, 1989)

Any concept carries with it the seeds of deconstruction.

Deconstruction as applied to problems:
It is best to let the client do this. The therapist’s job is to ask the client the questions that get the client to see alternate explanations and understandings of behavior/problems.

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