Solution-Focused Therapy

What is Solution-Focused Therapy?

Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) is a goal-oriented and future-focused therapeutic approach designed to help you find practical solutions to your current challenges. Rather than focusing on the past, SFT emphasizes your extrinsic and intrinsic strengths and resources, empowering you to envision and work towards a more positive future. In SFT sessions, you and your therapist will identify your goals, explore what’s already working well in your life, highlighting exceptional moments where you have dealt or coped with your problem, and develop actionable steps to achieve your desired outcomes. 

Strive Counselling  In SFT sessions, you and your therapist will identify your goals, explore what's already working well in your life, highlighting exceptional moments where you have dealt or coped with your problem, and develop actionable steps to achieve your desired outcomes.<br />

What can sft help with?

Self-Focused Therapy (SFT) is designed to help individuals address a range of personal issues by enhancing self-awareness and focusing on the individual’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Here are some of the key areas where self-focused therapy can be beneficial:

Goal-Oriented

Working with clients to set clear, achievable goals

Strengths-Based

Identifying and building on your strengths and resources to address your problems

Minimal Problem Analysis

Focusing on practical solutions rather than focusing on problems

Brief and Time-Limited

Short-term and brief therapy, where you address immediate concerns and find practical solutions

Future-Focused

Developing a clearer understanding of what constitutes as a meaningful path forward

Encouraging a positive and hopeful outlook on your future

Identify and Self-Concept

Promoting a sense of empowerment and self-efficacy

Enhancing resilience and coping skills

The SFT Process

1. Establishing Goals
  • Initial Session: The therapist and client work together to identify specific, realistic, and achievable goals for therapy.
  • Future Focus: Clients are encouraged to envision a future where their problems are resolved, helping to set a clear direction for the therapy.
2. Identifying Resources and Strengths
  • Strengths Assessment: The therapist helps the client identify their personal strengths, resources, and past successes.
  • Positive Focus: Emphasis is placed on what the client is already doing well and how these strengths can be applied to current challenges.
3. Exploring Exceptions
  • Exception Questions: The therapist asks questions to uncover times when the problem did not occur or was less severe.
  • Understanding Successes: These exceptions are explored to identify what was different during those times and how those strategies can be replicated.
4. Developing Solutions
  • Solution-Building: The therapist and client brainstorm potential solutions based on the client’s goals, strengths, and exceptions.
  • Small Steps: Solutions are broken down into small, manageable steps to facilitate progress and build momentum.
5. Implementing and Testing Solutions
  • Action Plan: The client develops an action plan to implement the identified solutions in their daily life.
  • Experimentation: Clients are encouraged to try out new behaviors and strategies, monitoring what works and making adjustments as needed.
6. Closure and Re-evaluation
  • Progress Review: In subsequent sessions, the therapist and client review the progress made towards the goals.
  • Goal Adjustment: Goals and strategies are adjusted based on what has been learned, ensuring continued progress and adaptation to new insights.

Solution-Focused Therapy is a collaborative and empowering process that helps clients identify and leverage their strengths to create positive change. By focusing on solutions and building on past successes, clients can achieve their therapy goals and improve their overall well-being.

Strive Counselling Solution-Focused Therapy is a collaborative and empowering process that helps clients identify and leverage their strengths to create positive change. By focusing on solutions and building on past successes, clients can achieve their therapy goals and improve their overall well-being.

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If you’re looking for a brief, focused, and empowering form of therapy to help you make positive changes, SFT could be the right choice for you. Reach out to us today to learn how SFT can help you create the future you envision.

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