Beyond the Solution-Focused Basics
Solution-focused brief therapy has been described by many as a very simple approach; however, in reality it is extremely difficult to truly master. It is common for therapists and students upon leaving a workshop about solution-focused brief therapy to say, “It just makes sense.” However, once these same professionals try to implement the approach with their clients, they find that what seemed commonsensible is truly very difficult to practice. Berg and Reuss (1998) summarized this phenomenon best when they wrote, “It takes a great deal of discipline and clear-headedness to stay simple” (p. 153). In this chapter we will take you beyond the basics of solution-focused brief therapy to explore the hows and whys that make solution-focused brief therapy truly effective.