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Running head: SOLUTION FOCUSED THERAPY1The Application of Solution-Focused Therapy to the Case of AnaKaelani MitchellGrand Canyon University: CNL-500Rebecca RicheyNovember 6, 2019
SOLUTION FOCUSED THERAPY2The Application of Solution-Focused Therapy to the Case of AnaSolution-Focused TherapyOverviewSolution-Focused therapy, SFT, is considered to be brief therapy model. Considered by many to be highly optimistic (Corey,2017), SFT focuses on present and future goals and client successes rather than deficits. Since SFT is considered to be goal-oriented, a typical Solution Focused therapist does not focus or show interest in the cause of the behavior. The short-term duration on SFT is highly appealing to clients of most backgrounds. Goals and InterventionsThe primary goal of Solution Focused Therapy is to empower clients by identifying strengths and successes and using those to create future goals that project their life in a positive direction (Murdock, 2017) (Corey, 2017). According Watts & Pietrzak (2000) the main therapy objective is obtained by changing the action of the perceived problem, the viewing of the perceived problem, and evoking resources, solutions, and strengths that can be used to address the problem. It is important to note that solution focused therapist truly believe that each client possess the skills and necessary tools to resolve the presenting issue(s), therefore, each session focuses highly on what the client is doing that works and developing a plan to continue “to do more of the same” (Murdock,2017). SFT has very limited intervention strategies, as it requires flexibility since no one client isthe same. This understood, there are a few techniques that most SF therapists employ at some point in the therapeutic relationship. First, is goal setting, in which clients develop goals collaboratively with the therapist that are observable, concrete, and attainable that clearly specifywhat behaviors replace the undesired behaviors. Second, questioning, specifically presuppose, scaling, and the miracle question, are used to elicit exceptions to the issue and focus on what the
SOLUTION FOCUSED THERAPY3client needs/wants. In most therapeutic relationships within SFT, positive feedback, bridging