Solution Focused Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy is somewhat different than other traditional therapeutic techniques in that the focus placed on what is currently effective or healthy rather than on the cause of various problems. Patients are encouraged to focus on what types of thoughts, behaviors, or actions have been helpful to them so that can utilize these resources in other areas of their lives. Patients are often encouraged to note when a problem does not occur rather than when it does. That is, patients are asked to focus on the exceptions to the problem so that they gain knowledge as to what works for them.
A clinician utilizing Solution Focused Therapy techniques will likely encourage patients to set their own goals and take an active role in reaching such goals. Many clinicians may as the “miracle question”: Imagine one night while you are asleep, a miracle happened and fixed your problem. What would be different when you woke up? How would you know a miracle had happened? Solution Focused Therapy emphasizes the present and future and posits that change is an ever-occurring process. This therapeutic technique may be used to address a variety of issues including, but not limited to relationship issues, stress management, depressive symptoms, and anxiety.