I integrate Solution-Focused Therapy because it is an evidenced-based approach that highlights well-being rather than pathology. I believe you are already capable and whole, and that my role is to help you to clarity your goals and use your inner strengths to get there.
Using this approach, I encourage you to 1) increase awareness of what you want to be different, 2) uncover what you are doing when things are working, and 3) what you can do differently to accomplish the change you are seeking.
Solution-Focused therapy is in alignment with the positive psychology movement, which focuses on helping people flourish on multiple levels. Together, we work to build hope and self-efficacy by focusing on your strengths and prior successes. This approach can be summarized in this way: Paying attention to what works and doing more of it, and when things are not working, doing something different (de Shazer 1985).
In Session this May include:
Noticing incremental changes from last session
Highlighting exceptions – times the problem did not occur or was less severe
Building on personal strengths and uncovering potential hidden resources – where do you get your strength? How have you coped?
Increasing relational strengths – Who are important people in your life? How do you cultivate these relationships?
Outlining your goals – What is your preferred future? How will things be different and in what ways? How will you know when you are getting closer?
Scaling questions – If 10 is when you have arrived at this goal and 1 is the opposite, where are you now? What would make the number one point higher?
Committing to an incremental change for next week.