Individual & Couples Counseling

Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) is sometimes linked to general Brief Therapy, and Possibility Therapy…. All share some common points of focus:

  • Traditional therapy goes wrong by focusing on the cause of problems, the details of how they play out, the ways these events deviate from “normal” or the way couples are “supposed” to work, and having couples passively accept the expert therapists’ explanations of “what is wrong” with them. Doing this gets clients stuck in a passive and helpless role, locked into a problem narrative they rehearse over and over again
  • A better approach moves client focus off of what’s wrong and onto what’s right, stresses the resources and skills clients have, and helps them take the role of expert (which they hold anyway) and take responsibility from there for setting their own goals and reaching them. It’s not about what’s missing and causes woe, but what’s present and can lead to happiness.
  • Solution building is the goal, and as you change the language that shapes how you think about the problem, you change the language that shapes how you think about the solution.
  • There is no theory behind this, and you need not fully understand the problem to fix it. The solution may not even look like it will fit or resolve the problem, and that’s fine – a small enough change will nudge the system in a different direction and that may be all that’s needed.
  • Therapists maintain a future focus, with language like “when this is fixed…” “notice when this problem doesn’t happen this week…” “write down what your partner does to fix the problem this week…”
  • Rather than summing up what the therapist thinks the clients is saying, the therapist asks questions to focus and direct the client’s thinking and view.

COUPLES THERAPY

When couples come to therapy they are often combative, quick to point the finger, and about to give up on the relationship. In Solution Focused Therapy the therapist shows how effective it can be to focus a couple on their strengths and resources, moving them away from fighting and towards collaboration.

For Example…Leslie is angry with her husband, Bill, for working long hours and neglecting her and the children. Bill is struggling to support his family and believes Leslie doesn’t appreciate or trust him. Solution Focused Therapy uses techniques to focus this fiery and argumentative couple on solutions, and bring their mutual commitment to the relationship and family to the forefront.

The CLR Group

2102 Cahaba Rd Suite E
Mountain Brook, AL 35223

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205-835-7173

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