What is “Solution-Focused” Therapy?

August 13th, 2013 by ifi-admin

Young couple cuddling on the couch while therapist watchesMany professionals who refer clientele to us or patients themselves want to know about IHC’s “approach” to therapy. What makes it integrative?

First off, the  thing that makes it integrative is that we don’t belong to any single “camp” in therapeutic approaches – we are “multi-discipline” in our approach. However, there are some philosophical “foundations” in therapy that underpin our counseling work. One is called “Solution-Focused Brief Therapy”, or SFB. The following is a brief overview of what it is about, with a link to a fuller description.

SFBT has not only become one of the leading schools of brief therapy, it has become a major influence in such diverse fields as business, social policy, education, and criminal justice services, child welfare, domestic violence offenders treatment. Described as a practical, goal-driven model, a hallmark of SFBT is its emphasis on clear, concise, realistic   goal negotiations. The SFBT approach   assumes that all clients have some knowledge of what would make their life better, even though they may need some (at times, considerable) help describing the details of their better life and that everyone who seeks help already possesses at least the minimal skills necessary to create solutions.

All therapy is a form of specialized conversations. With SFBT, the   conversation is directed toward developing and achieving the client’s vision of solutions.  The specific techniques and questions help clarify those solutions and the means of achieving them. One way of understanding the practice of SFBT is displayed through the acronym MECSTAT, which stands for Miracle questions, Exception questions, Coping questions, Scaling questions, Time-out, Accolades and Task.

To read more, visit a Wikipedia Description of the therapeutic model.


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