Solutions-focused (brief) therapy

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (also called Solution-Focused Therapy) was developed by husband-and-wife therapist team Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg in collaboration with their colleagues at the Milwaukee Brief Family Therapy Center in the late 1970s.

Solutions-based therapy is radically different from classical psychotherapy sessions, where client and therapist go to great lengths exploring the problem.

In that sense classical psychotherapy is a lot like doing a postmortem with a client, typically with a strong focus on childhood trauma to explain current issues.

Unlike these traditional therapy sessions, solutions-focused therapy completely skips all of this deep analysis. Instead of trying to understand why a client is having issues, the focus is entirely on finding solutions to the issue. Together with their client, solution-focused therapists look at what can be done to resolve the issue.