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Problem-Solving Therapy

Problem-Solving Therapy

Problem-Solving Therapy (PST) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a structured approach which can help individuals develop practical skills to manage challenging situations. This improves decision-making abilities and resilience, offering a tangible way to address life’s difficulties.

Common Challenges

PST addresses issues such as stress, conflicts, and life challenges. It aims to improve the individual’s ability to handle problems, reducing feelings of being overwhelmed and increasing a sense of control and competence.

About PST

Problem-Solving Therapy is a cognitive-behavioural approach focused on improving the individual’s ability to manage life challenges through a systematic approach.

How It Helps

This therapy aids in reducing stress and improving overall mental health by empowering individuals with problem-solving skills.

How It Works

PST involves several steps:

  1. Identifying the Problem: Clearly define the issue at hand.
  2. Generating Outcomes: Brainstorm possible outcomes.
  3. Evaluating Options: Weigh the pros and cons of each approach.
  4. Choosing a Solution: Select the best possible option.
  5. Implementing the Solution: Put the chosen solution into action.
  6. Reviewing the Outcome: Assess the effectiveness and adjust if necessary.


What is Problem-Solving Therapy?
Problem-Solving Therapy is a cognitive-behavioural approach that helps individuals develop skills to manage and resolve challenging situations.
Who can benefit from Problem-Solving Therapy?
Anyone facing ongoing stress, interpersonal conflicts, or life challenges can benefit from PST, as it equips individuals with practical skills for problem resolution.
How is Problem-Solving Therapy different from other CBT approaches?
While CBT encompasses various approaches to alter negative thought patterns, PST specifically focuses on equipping individuals with a structured method to tackle and resolve specific problems.


  1. D’Zurilla, T. J., & Nezu, A. M. (2007). Problem-solving therapy: A positive approach to clinical intervention. Springer Publishing Company.
  2. Nezu, A. M., Nezu, C. M., & Perri, M. G. (2001). Problem-solving therapy for depression: Theory, research, and clinical guidelines. Wiley.
  3. Malouff, J. M., Thorsteinsson, E. B., & Schutte, N. S. (2007). The efficacy of problem-solving therapy in reducing mental and physical health problems: A meta-analysis. Cl
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