Solution-Focused Therapy can be used to assist individuals, couples, families, and children.
As the name suggests, SFT is future-focused, goal-directed, and focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy. Sessions are facilitated by focusing on the solutions to a problem rather than placing all the focus on the problem itself.
The Institute for Solution Fousced Therapy states that
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a short-term goal-focused evidence-based therapeutic approach. In the most basic sense, SFBT is a hope friendly, positive emotion eliciting, a future-oriented vehicle for formulating, motivating, achieving, and sustaining desired behavioral change.
Solution-Focused practitioners develop solutions by first generating a detailed description of how the client’s life will be different when the problem is gone or their situation improved to a degree satisfactory to the client. Therapist and client then carefully search through the client’s life experience and behavioral repertoire to discover the necessary resources needed to co-construct a practical and sustainable solution that the client can readily implement. Typically this process involves identifying and exploring previous “exceptions,” e.g. times when the client has successfully coped with or addressed previous difficulties and challenges. In an inherently respectful and practical interview process, SF therapists and their clients consistently collaborate in identifying goals reflective of clients’ best hopes and developing satisfying solutions (December 2020 from https://solutionfocused.net/what-is-solution-focused-therapy).