Solution-Focused Therapy


Solution-Focused Therapy is a short-term, goal-oriented approach developed by Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer. Therapy is aimed at facilitating the solution of client problems rather than an in-depth exploration of their origins.

Therapy involves collaborating with the client to develop small, manageable steps to help them move towards their goals. Clients are guided in imagining their desired outcome from therapy, and solutions are developed by working backwards from there. Very little time is spent discussing the origins of the problem, and the focus remains on how to solve it. Solutions that have worked for clients in the past are explored, and solutions that have been used that have not worked are replaced with more effective options. Therapists aim to avoid judgement, instead joining with the client’s goals and opening up different possibilities for change. Progress is measured from session to session as a means of evaluating the effectiveness of solutions that have been implemented.

References: de Shazer, S. & Dolan, Y. (2007). More than miracles: the state of the art of solution-focused brief therapy. New York: Routledge.

  • Coping when a member of the family is dealing with an addiction or mental illness
  • Addressing issues related to financial strain, immigration, divorce, deaths, and life transitions
Narrative Therapy

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