Solution Focused Brief Therapy: A Solution Building Approach

The Solution Focused Approach has been around since the late 1970’s. The approach is based on helping individuals identify and create the life that they want instead of trying to identify what is wrong in their lives. In the more than three decades since the development of the approach, there has been a great deal of research done and worldwide acceptance of solution focused therapy.

The solution focused approach is so simple that its application is complicated. There is a large body of training materials and books about this approach that focus on what it is. However, my books, products and trainings focus more on the “how to”. The goal of these materials and trainings is always to increase the skills and abilities of those using them, so that the skills learned can be used immediately in your work with clients. Whether you attend one of my classes or purchase a video or CD, I hope you find it helpful in your application of Solution Focused Therapy.

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“My greatest passions are to bring awareness to the efficacy of the Solution Focused Approach through research, train clinicians and other professionals to effectively implement this approach in their work, and to demonstrate that this approach has dynamic implications in couples therapy.”

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Myths about SFBT Part 3: SFBT Does Not Attend to Past History

Elliott Connie - April 6, 2014 - Solution Focused Therapy

Somehow the idea that a practitioner using this approach is not interested in a client’s past history has become another myth about this approach that has gotten quite popular. However, this could not be more inaccurate. The past is where the exceptions, past successes and evidence of the presence of a person’s best traits exist, […]

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Myths about SFBT Part 2: SFBT is Just a Band-Aid

Elliott Connie - March 31, 2014 - Solution Focused Therapy

Another myth I have been hearing about the Solution Focused Approach since my earliest days of studying is that this method of psychotherapy does not address “deep issues” or resolve issues with long standing outcomes. To be honest, of all of the myths that exist about this approach this is the one that I understand […]

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Myths about SFBT Part 1: An SFBT therapist ignores the problem

Elliott Connie - March 24, 2014 - Solution Focused Therapy

From the very first day I mentioned to colleagues that I was interested in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, they began saying to me “I don’t like the Solution Focused Approach  because it ignores the problem”. Well I suppose that the name containing the words “Solution Focused” implies that the therapist using this approach is interested […]

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EVERY Client is Motivated

Elliott Connie - March 2, 2014 - Solution Focused Therapy

A few years ago, while I was working at a mental health agency, I was in a staff supervision meeting for the therapists employed by this agency. During this meeting we were all required to show a videotape of our work with clients. I was nervous, all of the other therapists on staff used the […]

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