Supported by the Yucelmethod, a client (an individual or family) builds a colorful, visual representation of his/her own situation in life. The set of building blocks contains a representation of the client (a beam), supporting factors (colored T-shaped blocks) and burdening factors (colored rectangular blocks).
The dimensions and colors of the blocks, the properties of the beam and the simple manner of combining them in a structure, will help clients grasp the proportions and context of their problems.
The client chooses which block size and color matches a certain burden or problem. The Yucelmethod as process methodology consists of five steps. After getting to know each other and making contact (1) the client and the supporter analyze the current situation and the desired situation by building two representations (2). A picture will be taken of each representation, and practical actions that may be taken will be discussed. The solution direction of the client offers a guide for the direction to take (3). In each follow-up meeting the problems or support that the client experiences or misses, and the possible solutions are re-discussed. After each follow-up meeting in which the client builds a new representation, the supporter takes a picture of it (4). Over time, the guidance is evaluated by comparing the life situation that has arisen to the desired life situation. When there is sufficient improvement, the guidance has been completed (5).
The Yucelmethod makes problems and solutions tangible, visible and concrete. By using the method, a person will become aware of their problems and be able to see where the sustainable solutions lie. This happens because they can visualize their reality by using the different blocks, beams and representations of the Yucelmethod. Visualizing meaning that the client puts their problems and supporting factors on the table in front of them. This manner of ‘externalization’ makes discussing the issues less threatening. By building a representation, the person will gain a better understanding of their burdening and supporting factors. Not only is their life situation visualized, their inner dialogue about it will also be stimulated. The person will get more insight into their own problems through the interaction of imagination and inner dialogue. The building of representation will bring the person in contact with their supporting factors and the power of their network. Altogether, the client builds their own story. The story changes over time, which leads to changes in the representation.
Because the person is encouraged to make their own analysis of their pressures and capacities, they will be able to indicate on which problem they want to focus on first more easily. If they set goals while doing this, they will consider these goals as “their own”. This will increase the motivation to work on it, and will in turn improve the chances of success of the support program.
At the end of a such a process, a person might say:
“I now see what’s going on with me,”, or: “I finally understand..” or “It is now clear to me.”