Solution Focused Approach

In the late 1970’s and early 80’s when therapists started realizing the non-pragmatic, prolonged, excessive past orientated and non-goal directed nature of traditional therapies, Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg and their colleagues’ answer to that was the Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy emerged in 1980’s when Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg and their colleagues in their Brief Family Therapy Centre, Milwaukee started seeing their cases with an inquisitive mind of what ingredients are really helping the client in therapy. Focusing on such ingredients in their practice, lead to the evolution of Solution Focused Therapy. Unlike in any other models, solution-focused model believed in the client’s capacities, strengths, possibilities and resources. It believed that every problem has an exception to it and clients have successfully coped with their problem situation in sometimes in their life. Solution Focused Therapy approached client’s concerns at a surface level without many dwellings on its causality and in contrast to that by eliciting what client’s preferred future. Techniques of the approach are embedded in the language which uses in the therapy as it also believes that problems of clients are in interaction with others and their environment. Intervention is here to build solutions by taking a collaborative, non-expertise and leading from one step behind stand in the therapy. Over a period of three and half decade’s solution-focused approach has grown out of the therapeutic realm; today it has implications for management, coaching and community services. Evidence base of it has been growing with several evaluation studies.

Solution-focused is a way of seeing, a different way of seeing…