SOLUTION-FOCUSED BRIEF THERAPY

Individuals  | Couples |  Families

For the past 7 years, I have specialized in working with clients using the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) model. In addition to being highly trained in this model of therapy, I also give presentations on the topic of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. SFBT is highly regarded worldwide as an effective and efficient treatment for a variety of issues.

Solution-Focused Therapy is a way of working with clients that differs from traditional therapies in that, rather than regarding the client as abnormal or unhealthy, the Solution-Focused therapist views all clients as possessing the abilities necessary to make changes in their lives. Solution-Focused Therapy will help you to unlock those untapped, under-used or forgotten resources and strengths that, when discovered, will catapult you toward the changes you desire in your life. 

Solution-Focused therapists hold an unparalleled amount of belief in our client's ability to overcome difficult situations and you will be treated with that level of belief and expectancy. You will find no judgement in my office, only respect and collaboration that will move you toward the possibilities that lie ahead of you. 

The first thing a well-trained Solution-Focused therapist will do is find out what your desired outcome (goal) for therapy is. Your desired outcome will become the basis on which each session is constructed. Surprisingly, many traditional therapists skip over this step or lose track of their client's goal for therapy altogether. This is why therapy can take longer than it should and why you can begin to feel like you are not making any progress. 

A Solution-Focused therapist will work collaboratively with you to co-contruct a vision of your preferred future by skillfully developing questions unique to you that are designed to enable you to envision your tomorrow free from the problems that brought you to therapy. Through this collaborative effort between you and I, your brain begins to change in response to this focus and attention on your preferred way of life. Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to change in response to new life experiences and new experiences is what I will work with you to achieve. 

It is a common misconception that Solution-Focused therapists do not allow their clients the opportunity to talk about their problems. This is untrue. Solution-Focused therapists do, however, listen to problems in session in a different way than traditional therapists do. We listen to problems in a couple of ways: in an effort to find out what you would rather have happening in your life than the current problem, and in an effort to discover times when the problem was not occurring or was not as prominent in your life. Talking about the problem provides a lot of useful information for the Solution-Focused therapist, so please don't feel like you have to hold it back! 

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