WHAT IS SOLUTION-FOCUSED THERAPY?
Solution-focused therapy (SFT), also known as solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on identifying and building on an individual’s strengths and resources, rather than dwelling on problems or pathology. It is a relatively brief and goal-oriented approach that seeks to help individuals achieve specific, measurable outcomes.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Some techniques commonly used in SFT include scaling questions, miracle questions, exception-finding, and coping questions. These techniques help to focus the client’s attention on their strengths, resources, and potential solutions, and promote a collaborative and empowering therapeutic relationship.
SFT can be used to address a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, relationship problems, and work-related stress. It can be particularly effective in situations where the client has already taken some steps towards change or is motivated to make changes.
SFT can be an effective and efficient approach to psychotherapy that helps individuals focus on their strengths and resources, set achievable goals, and make positive changes in their lives. It is a client-centered approach that empowers individuals to take control of their own lives and find solutions that work for them.
CORE PRINCIPLES OF SFT:
Building rapport and establishing a collaborative relationship with the client.
Focusing on the present and future, rather than dwelling on the past.
Identifying and amplifying the client’s strengths and resources, rather than focusing on deficits.
Setting specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals.
Encouraging the client to take small steps towards their goals and celebrating their successes.
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