Solution-Focused Therapy

Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) is a brief therapy that focuses on what clients want to achieve through therapy rather than on the problem(s) that brought them to counselling. In SFT, very little time is spent on the clients past, but rather on the present and future.

SFT invites clients to envision as concretely as possible how they want their life to be different than it currently is (their “preferred future”). Then, the SFT therapist helps the client identify times when their current life resembles their preferred future, and examines what is different about those occasions. By bringing these successes to awareness and learning to repeat them regularly the client develops a more desirable outlook on their life. When this happens, many of the concerns that brought the client into counselling are reduced.