For his work, Steve de Shazer drew inspiration from many sources. Insoo Kim Berg’s intuitive and highly sensitive approach was, as we all know, of great importance. Nevertheless, Steve was also a persistent reader of Sherlock Holmes (he even contemplated writing a detective story himself) and he very often listened to music, classical as well as jazz. Such extra-therapeutic influences might throw some light on why de Shazer’s therapeutic approach is to such extent both immediate and organized and perplexingly simple, but also rich and complex. In this presentation, I will take a closer look at some of de Shazer’s inspirations, and reflect over their relevance for enhancing therapeutic encounters.

Keywords: solution-focused, therapy, silence, culture, resistance, polyphony, collaboration, clues, transcendence