The “Multiple Choice” and “How Much, How Much” Questions

Couple therapists try to deepen questions by asking a client what they think or how they feel about a situation or comment. Answering,“I don’t know,” can drain the conversation, so when a client responds in that way it is normal for the therapist to counter with a follow-up question or a multiple choice question in which “I don’t know” is not an option. This reinvigorates the conversation and assists the client by providing feelings for them to associate with, which is something they may not be practiced in on their own. Even if the multiple choice doesn’t provide a correct answer, it can still prime the client to correct the choices given.


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