Solution Focused Therapy

Solution focused therapy is often referred to as “brief therapy.”  The technique concentrates on what the client wants to gain through therapy rather than delving into the client’s past.  The approach focuses on the past only in order to activate conversations about resources and past successes.  Mainly, it purposefully leads conversations on the present and future.  The therapist asks questions about the client’s story, strengths and resources; and particularly, about any exclusions to client-perceived problems.

SFBT therapists support clients to share times in their life when things matched more closely with the future they prefer. Differences and similarities between the two situations are examined. By identifying small successes to awareness, and supporting clients to repeat their successful choices and behaviors, when the problem is not there or less severe, the therapist facilitates client achievement towards goals and preferred future.