Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) is a unique, goal-directed therapy aimed at helping clients regain autonomy by determining and achieving their own goals. Solution focused therapists encourage clients to focus on solutions, not problems, and help clients effectively plan how to reach their goals. Unlike other therapies, SFT holds an abiding belief in clients’ abilities to know what is best for them, rather than have a therapist tell them.
The solution focused approach to couples therapy is one that facilitates cooperation between partners in the creation of an agreed-upon future, rather than merely focusing on the problems that have come to define the relationship. At the core of this step-by-step guide to solution focused therapy is a real-life evolving case study, offering readers a highly detailed panorama of couples therapy in action.
Beginning with a clear explanation of the assumptions and tenets required for the practice of solution focused therapy, this book presents a step-by-step breakdown of exactly how to conduct solution focused sessions with couples. Each chapter focuses on a different part of the therapeutic process and includes sample dialogues, techniques, vignettes from the evolving case example, and thought-provoking questions. Readers will feel as though they themselves are going through the therapeutic process with the couple and observing the impact of each step of the process
Solution Brief Therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that focuses on a person’s greatest desires instead of the problems to be reduced. As a result of this focus, this approach to helping is much more simple than traditional more problem focused approaches. Elliott Connie has written a book that brings the ideas and principles of the Solution Focused Approach into a usable form to allow the reader to apply in their relationship immediately. Elliott has been a leader in the field of using the Solution Focused Approach in couples therapy and has traveled around the world conducting trainings and workshops teaching practitioners this form of therapy. He is also the author of the book Solution Building in Couples Therapy and was the co-editor of the book The Art of Solution Focused Therapy.
The topic of trauma has been covered in many books, and there are many publications covering the use of SFBT in different settings and with varied client populations. However, the convergence of these topics has, to date, been covered only minutely. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Clients Managing Trauma is a comprehensive overview of how Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) can be used as a treatment approach for working with clients managing various forms of trauma. It includes an overview of SFBT’s basic tenets, a description of the current research supporting SFBT as an evidence-based practice, and a comparison of how SFBT clinicians may approach trauma cases differently than clinicians from other therapeutic approaches. The bulk of the text uniquely includes chapters contributed by skilled SFBT clinicians, with differing clinical expertise, sharing their knowledge and describing their strength-based, resiliency focus of applying SFBT in different traumatic circumstances. Practitioners and even Master’s/doctoral students will find this text invaluable in learning how to best help traumatized clients develop a positive future and move toward healing and health..
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