Solution Focused Therapy is a short-term future-focused therapeutic approach which helps clients change by constructing solutions rather than dwelling on problems.

Elements of the desired solution are often already present in our lives, and in the SFT model this is considered the strongest basis for ongoing change.

SFT is grounded in the idea that, if our aim is to help clients change, we ought to use things related to how change happens rather than concentrating on how problems develop.

The ability to articulate what the changes will be like is often more important than understanding what led to the problem.

This is based on the idea that understanding the details and ’cause’ of the problem is often not necessary to finding a solution.

The important issues are how does the client want things to be different and what will it take to make it happen. Envisioning a clear and detailed picture of how things will be when things are better creates hope and expectation and makes solution possible.

SFT focuses on the future and the preferred future directs the therapy process and helps it remain focused and brief (if we don’t know where we’re going, we don’t know when we’ve got there!).

SFT also focuses on client strengths and resources, as a way of helping clients recognise how to use their resources to bring about changes (and, importantly, how they are already on their way to their preferred future).

This content has been taken from the Australasian Association for Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. For more information on this approach visit the website.

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