Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution Focus was born in the ‘80s at the University of Winsconsin of the United States by the psychotherapists Insoo Kim Berg, inventor of the “miracle question” and Steve de Shazer, the “grand old man of family therapy”. While working with people that were mentally healthy but wanted to bring change in their lives, the two psychologists realised that many were giving up because they found the process time-consuming and costly.

In order to overcome this difficulty they conducted many years of research, seeking a method that would bring results as soon as possible. This is how Solution Focus was developed. Its principles are very simple:

› everything is easier when we know what we want
› the simpler, the better
› small steps bring big changes
› we don’t have to change everything!

Even though Solution Focus finds its roots in psychology, today it is constantly gaining ground in the fields of coaching, medicine, mediation, management and more. It is built upon elements of the philosophy of constructivism, chaos theory, cybernetics, systemic theory and communication.

After a Solution Focused coaching session, most often people feel surprised as they discover that:

› what they thought they wanted is not what they really want
› they can create choice where they could only see a dead-end
› they have many more resources than they expected
› there is much in their life that is already working well, which they hadn’t noticed
› they have the answers and don’t need someone else to tell them what to do

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