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

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