Solution-focused Therapy at A New Start, Inc.
Solution-focused therapy, also known as Solution-focused Brief Therapy is future-focused, goal-directed, and focuses on solutions as opposed to issues. SFBT is goal oriented therapy targeting the desired outcome of therapy. This method of therapy focuses on the present and the future, and only focusing on the past to the degree necessary for communicating empathy and understanding of the individual’s concerns. Together the client and therapist can generate ideas for solutions to the clients’ problems. Using this therapy method, they highlight and utilize the strengths of the client to enable a more effective future.
Using this method therapists provide support to clients by asking them to identify times in their life when things matched more closely with the future they prefer. Questions and compliments are primary tools of the solution-focused approach. Instead of making interpretations or confronting their clients, therapists focus on identifying the client’s goals and generating detailed descriptions of what life will be like when the goal is accomplished or the problem is gone or coped with.
Solution-focused Brief Therapy Questions Include:
- The Miracle Question – This method of therapy utilizes the miracle question or “problem is gone” question. This is a method of questioning that a coach, therapist, or counselor can utilize to invite the client to visualize and describe how the future will be different when the particular problem is no longer existing.
- Coping Questions – These types of questions are designed to elicit information about client resources that will have gone unnoticed by them.
- Scaling Questions – With these questions clients are invited to employ tracking and measuring of their own experience. These are useful tools to identify differences for clients. With the use of subjective measuring and scaling progress and goals are often facilitated.
- Problem-free Talk – Problem-free talk can be useful for uncovering unknown resources to aid in helping a person to relax or to be naturally pro-active. This will typically uncover the values, strengths, and beliefs of a client.
- Exception-seeking Questions – A therapist practicing SFBT will seek to encourage the client to identify occurrences where the identified problem is either less severe or absent and their frequency at which they occur. The goal with this question is for clients to repeat what has worked in the past. Providing support and creating confidence in the client to continue taking “baby steps” toward their ideal scenes.
At A New Start, Inc., our dedicated and highly-trained therapists are clinically and medically trained professionals with vast knowledge and experience in the fields of drug and alcohol addiction. The therapists utilize a multi-dynamic approach to treatment at our IOP in West Palm Beach. Our staff are passionate about healing the broken, helping them recover from their illnesses and developing healthy behaviors. We believe addressing the whole person, mind, body and spirit is essential for long lasting wellness and recovery.