Solution-focused therapy (SFT) is a goal-oriented approach to therapy. It centers around finding solutions to your current problems instead of dwelling on the past. It's a brief and practical form of therapy and emphasizes your strengths, resources, and ability to create positive change in your lives. Here are some of the key features and techniques of this therapy:
1. Future-oriented: SFT places a strong emphasis on exploring and envisioning what you want in the future. I will help you clarify their goals and encourage them to imagine how your life could be different once you achieve your goals.
2. Goal setting: Identifying specific, realistic, and achievable goals is a key part of SFT. I work with you to help develop clear and meaningful objectives that guide the therapy process.
3. Solution-focused questions: I use a variety of questions to help you shift your focus towards solutions and possibilities. These questions are designed to explore what has worked in the past, exceptions to the problem, and small steps you can take towards your goals.
4. Scaling questions: Scaling questions are commonly used in SFT to help you evaluate your progress and identify areas of improvement. You are asked to rate your current situation or progress on a scale of 0 to 10, which can provide a visual representation of your perceived progress.
5. Exceptions: SFT seeks to identify times when your problem was less severe or absent altogether. By examining these exceptions, I help you discover patterns and strategies that can then be applied to other areas of your lives.
6. Miracle question: The miracle question is a powerful technique in SFT. I ask clients to imagine waking up tomorrow, and a miracle has occurred, solving your problem completely. By exploring this imaginary scenario, you can gain insight into your desires and identify small steps you can take towards your goals.
7. Strength-based approach: SFT focuses on your strengths, abilities, and resources. I actively seek out and amplify these strengths to empower you and foster an increased sense of self-efficacy.
8. Brief therapy: SFT is typically a short-term approach, with therapy sessions often lasting fewer sessions than other therapeutic modalities