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Hi everybody,

last week during a Life Coaching workshop I combined SF work with Prohaska/Di Clemente's transtheoretical model of change. It was an interesting try, gave me a lot of food for thought,  and I would like to dig a bit deeper.

Has anybody worked with that model or come across articles who treat this model in a SF manner?


Merci beaucoup, Rima


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How did you combine SF with TTM? What did you in addition or different to SF?


Concerning TTM: For me it seems, that TTM is based on a "model" how change happens. So, I wonder what "transtheoretical" means for TTM.


I am sure, you have much insights than I have!


Cheers, Hans-Peter

Hi Hans-Peter,

"transtheoretical" as far as my understanding goes, stems from the fact that the authors combed through a numbers of theories (psycho-analystic, humanistic, gestalt, cognitive, behavioral) in order to distill the elements of the process of change.

The workshop theme was "New Year's Resolutions", which rarely survive jan 15, as we all know :). Usually two reasons for that: people don't have a real assessment of the process of change and which stage they are really in (hence TTM) and they don't know how to get to the next stage (hence SF:). I very much just wanted to try out this, so it was a bit of a mix and mash of SF activities and context setting with TTM. SF worked very well with all the participants, TTM only partly.

Now, for the moment I don't really have insights (hopefully:) yet, but questions:

- whilst I find the knowledge TTM immensely useful when working with clients and for my own personal work, how useful is it really for the clients to give them the whole idea?

- if I chose to, how can I present TTM so that clients feel encouraged by this knowledge, rather than overwhelmed? Personally, I always would want to know where I am at, but I know and respect that this is not everybody's way of learning and progressing

- which practical SF activities would combine best with TTM?

As you can see, I'm all but at a start with this idea, and it might well turn out into an impasse. That is why I am looking for more material and input.


Thanks a lot, Rima


Hi Rima,

for me your questions:

- ... how useful is it really for the clients to give them the whole idea ((of TTM))?

- if I chose to, how can I present TTM so that clients feel encouraged by this knowledge, rather than overwhelmed?

are very essential. In SF we consider, what is really useful and necessary for the client and we try to do not more than what is effectively useful for the client to achieve this goals step by step. So, if he does not ask explicitely for a "whole scale framework" or a "theory" or "model" to find his position I will not offer him such constructions. And if he is asking for it first I will ask somethink like: "Well, there are a lot of different "framworks" or "models". To offer you those which might be most useful I need more insights into your intention. So: Supposed you know such a framework or model - how will you use it? What will you do different? And how will know, that those actions which are given by the model are appropriate for you in your specific situation?"

Of course, this:

Personally, I always would want to know where I am

is not specific for you only. And in SF there is a very simple and powerful "method" to fulfill this request: It is the scaling used in a SF-way as it is described e.g. here:

This is a very generic method which does not "overoload" the client with less necessary frameworks or theories. This scaling is based on the knowledge of the client about his visions and successes only.


So, I would answer your question:

- which practical SF activities would combine best with TTM?

with a simple "nothing - it is not necessary to use something from TTM"








Hi Hans-Peter,

thank you so much for your input - most appreciated!

Am realizing for the umpteenth time that keeping things simple and myself out of clients' way is damn hard work!

Bonne journée,







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