Solution Focused Therapy

Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), as its name suggests, focuses on solutions and is goal-oriented, rather than problem focused as many other therapies are.  It is also known as Brief Solution Focused Therapy or Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and was developed by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg, who were influenced by the work of Milton Erickson.

Its basic philosophy & assumptions include the ideas that change is constant and inevitable; people in therapy are the experts and define goals.  Furthermore they have the resources and strengths to solve problems.  Therapy is future orientated – history is not essential and there is an emphasis is on what is possible and changeable.  Therapy is short term and work where the individual in therapy clearly wants change.