What is Solution Focused Therapy?
We can’t solve problems by using the
same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
– Albert Einstein
Solution Focused Therapy was developed by Steve deShazer, Insoo Kim Berg, and the team at the Brief Family Therapy Center of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the mid-1980s. This innovative approach invites clients to have therapeutic conversations that lead to change by constructing solutions rather than dwelling on problems. This approach assumes that elements of each client’s preferred futures are often already present in their lives.
These elements of preferred futures becomes the basis for ongoing change.
- If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.
- If it doesn’t work, do something different
- If it works, do more of it.
- Change is continuous and inevitable
- Believing is seeing
- Small changes can lead to larger, system wide changes
- The solution doesn’t have to be related to the problem
- No problems occur all of the time