Solution -focused brief therapy is a tried and proven cost-effective type of talking therapy with specific techniques and questions that aim to bring out different perspectives - ways of seeing. As a strengths-based approach, the questions highlight capabilities and resources to encourage insight into existing skills. At the heart of the approach is the core belief that a person is the expert of their own lives.
The therapist is non-judgmental, actively listens to the client, asks the right questions, offers encouragement and believes in the client. Usually 1-10 sessions are sufficient with this approach, depending on the client and their needs. Solution-focused brief therapy is a practical and outcome focused approach, with specific emphasis on the desired future of the client.
Particular importance is placed in details and the words used by the client. Social context is crucial for creating lasting change, and this is paid particular attention in session. SFBT is based on positive psychology, the study of which aims to increase life quality and well-being by exploring what constitutes a meaningful life.
As the body and mind are so intricately connected, I integrate some acceptance and commitment therapy techniques with SFBT, as I have found them to be effective together, particularly body-based mindfulness techniques. SFBT has be proven effective for:
- Relationship problems
- Life crises
- Substance abuse