Many people have this understanding of therapy as a long, slow burn. One of the main
therapeutic modalities that I use in my practice is solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT). A
strengths-based approach focusing more on solutions than problems.
Obviously you must discuss the problem to discover a solution. But beyond understanding
what the problem is and deciding how to address it, SFBT doesn’t require a deep dive into
your childhood and the ways in which your past has influenced your present.
Instead, it will root your sessions firmly in the present while working toward a future in which
your current problems have less of an impact on your life. For many people, (especially my
coaching clients) it is often more important to find solutions than it is to analyze the problem
in great detail.
My latest client disclosed in his first session with me that he was feeling stuck and
complacent. Previously very passionate about fitness, he revealed he hasn't exercised in
nearly 2 years even though he has a gym at his own house.
During his second session with me 4 days ago, he was beating himself up about it, trying to
understand why he couldn’t find the motivation to do it.
I told him straight up, “While understanding why you aren’t working out can be helpful, we
can spend the rest of this session and future sessions figuring it out……or we can just find a
way to get you into the damn gym tomorrow. What would you prefer?”
As you can see, he chose the latter and the rest is history!
When we’re seeking solutions, it’s not always helpful to get bogged down in the details. We
want results, not a narrative about how or why things became the way they are. There is a
time and a place to dig deeper, but I know that at our next session, the big smile on his face
won't be a result of increased self awareness, but from the accomplishment of achieving his
Therapy and coaching don’t always need to be long term commitments. If you are interested
in seeing how solution-focused brief therapy can work for you, call me for a free consult!
Call or Text: 778.932.1978
About the Author: Steve currently resides in the sunny Okanagan in British Columbia Canada where he spends his free time camping at remote lakes chasing monster rainbow trout with a flyrod.