MOL doesn’t provide solutions but helps people generate their own solutions to problems

Lydia Morris, PhD student & Clinical Psychologist

I have found using MOL very helpful when offering relatively brief interventions (e.g. 6-8 sessions) to people with common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. This approach has been particularly useful for a number of reasons. Firstly it ensures that there is a nuanced understanding of the client’s problem from their perspective. This is particularly important when working in a time limited way as lengthy assessment and formulation processes are not possible. Secondly this understanding develops and is adapted on an ongoing basis and from this understanding client specific strategies emerge, i.e. the client generates these. Therefore this avoids another common pitfall of brief work, which is of offering generic strategies for particular presentations (e.g. depression) without a nuanced understanding of client’s idiosyncratic problems and needs. It also provides flexibility to respond to changing symptoms, circumstances and problems.

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