Solution Focused Brief Therapy an Introduction

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Make a personal evaluation of Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Identifying concepts and techniques which will facilitate you practice of CBT. |

Within this essay I shall provide a personal evaluation of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). I shall endeavour to outline the main principles, processes and strengths. I will also explore some of the weaknesses of the approach demonstrating some of the limitations in terms of application to specific issues and problems. Additionally, the essay will explore issues of compatibility between SFBT and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I will also outline how and why I would incorporate SFBT into my personal practice as a companion to CBT.

Solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) is described
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In some cases small positive changes are all that are necessary to initiate a solution for a successful outcome.

SFBT works in the present therefore problem free dialog allows a session which is forward looking and future orientated. It strives to help the client envisage a time when the problem is manageable or no longer exists, when the client is no longer ‘stuck’. It is an endlessly optimistic approach as the future has numerous possibilities for positive change.

The Miracle Question, which a serious of three exercises which can be used in the first session with clients, is away for the counsellor to introduce the client to a problem free future with the client demonstrating what changes can be envisaged. The miracle question can be asked in various formulations. Whatever wording and phrasing is most appropriate for your client is used.

The Miracle Question is future orientated and asks the client to envisage a time free from any issue, thus allowing the client a glimpse of their life without that particular problem. It is extremely useful for a client whose goals are indistinguishable as it can elucidate where they want to be. The follow up questions are designed to give the client a glimpse of their possible problem free future and emphasises the positive changes to themselves their environment and relationship with others. It is these questions which will reinforce the client’s positive goals. As Burwell
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