Contextual Therapy is a direct, clear, and efficient process that enables the client to resolve his problem and achieve his desired result by subtly producing a change in context. As the client’s thinking shifts to a cogent context for the work, problems turn into technicalities that are easily resolved or become insignificant. The client’s new mental construct makes it possible for him to elegantly surpass the limits embedded in the dysfunctional context.
Contextual Therapy’s power is increased by examining the assumptions the client uses to give meaning to the events in his life. Contextual Therapy creates therapeutic contexts that allow the client to see himself and reality in a way that he discovers new possibilities which include important overlooked resources.
The creation of the possibility for new thoughts – and consequently new actions – is paramount. While the Contextual Therapist shapes the framework in which fresh thoughts can emerge in place of ineffective ones that created the problem, the ultimate power and responsibility for effective change remains with the client.
Contextual Therapy is more than a technique. It is also a kinesis, a movement towards the resolution of the problem that occurs as the client lets go of assumptions and attitudes that cloud his ability to see a way to achieve his goal. Unexamined thoughts that created the problem and impeded the process come to light and are exchanged for useful hypotheses.
The Contextual Therapist always works with the basic assumption that the client has all the resources within him to solve his problem and achieve his desired goals. The client himself does not make this assumption initially. Through the therapy process, the client progressively makes this realization as he gets closer to seeing how he can resolve his problem and achieve his goal.
The hallmark of the Contextual Therapist is his unwavering commitment to the client’s ability to resolve his problem and reach his goal. The Contextual Therapist’s ability to facilitate profound psychotherapeutic movement is a function of his authentic and creative interactions rather than a function of a particular theory or method or school of psychotherapy. He takes full responsibility for the creation of a context in which the client can use his abilities successfully. He is oriented by a commitment to results, rather than by adherence to a theory or a method. Using theory and technique as tools rather than ends in themselves, he works creatively to produce results that are outstanding and astonishing.
Contextual Therapy is fast and efficient, as it allows the client to quickly see the notions or ideas that have prevented him from resolving the problem and achieving the goal and replace them with effective strategies to achieve his goal.
Contextual Therapy was established by Robert Shaw, M.D., a psychiatrist and family therapist and former faculty member of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. It has been practiced in the USA since the 1980’s and is continuously developed and refined by Prof. Dr. Peter Warschawski. It is rapidly gaining recognition in Europe as the therapeutic modality that swiftly and efficiently creates elegant solutions to clients’ problems.