The Centre for Solution Focused Practice


Words - slipping and sliding.

‘The goal is best thought of as some member of the class of ways that the therapist and the client will know that the problem is solved rather than any particular member of that class.’ Steve de Shazer Clues: Investigating Solutions in Brief Therapy

Thinking matters

‘Several studies have shown that a belief in the disease model of addiction increases the probability of relapse. And that shouldn’t be surprising. If you think that you have a chronic disease, how hard are you going to work to get better?’ Marc Lewis (2016)

Respect and humility

Henri-Frederic Amiel puts these two words, respect and humility, both key to Solution Focused practitioners together. They spark off some interesting thoughts.

Where to guv?

Is the taxi-driver analogy useful in high-lighting some of the key features of the Solution Focused approach? At BRIEF we think so.

Was Steve right?

Does Solution Focused Brief Therapy have a theory of change and if we do does that theory of change adequately serve our purposes? Evan briefly explores this question inspired by Mark McKergow's workshop at the 2016 UKASFP Conference in Swansea.


Anything that prompts the client to say that ‘things are better’ needs to be identified as verification of change, and anything that is new or different or more effective that the client reports needs to be encouraged or amplified.


Featured Video

What is SF - a 2020 version of the approach


July 9, 2020