Solution Focused Therapy / Solution Focused Brief Therapy / Brief Therapy

Solution Focused Brief Therapy was developed by de Shazer & Berg and their colleagues at the Brief Family Therapy Center, Milwaukee, in the 1970's. The approach focuses on building solutions rather than problem-solving, and is typically very brief - in the order of 3 to 5 sessions. The questioning style explores client's preferred futures (goals) in the context of the client's current resources and behaviors. Therapeutic elements may include 'problem-free talk' as well as the 'miracle question' and ratings of progress scales.



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