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Solution-Focused Family Therapy

Solution-Focused Family Therapy

Solution-Focused Family Therapy is a type of family therapy that centres on the family’s existing resources and strengths to promote improvement. This approach is distinct in its emphasis on future aspirations rather than past issues.

Core Principles

This therapy hinges on several core principles:

  1. Goal Orientation: Concentrating on what the family members want to accomplish rather than the problems they are facing.
  2. Resource Identification: Recognising and utilising the family’s existing strengths and resources.
  3. Productive Dialogue: Engaging in conversations that highlight successes and potential solutions.

Benefit in Therapy

The approach offers several benefits:

  1. Encourages a focus on the future and desired outcomes.
  2. Helps families recognise their own strengths and capabilities.
  3. Promotes collaboration and mutual support within the family unit.

How Therapy Works

During sessions, the therapist guides the family through discussions that uncover past successes and explore potential future solutions. The therapist’s role is to facilitate the conversation, helping family members to see their strengths and envision a future where they have resolved their issues.


What is the main focus of Solution-Focused Family Therapy?

The main focus is on the family’s goals and desired outcomes, rather than their current problems.

How does this therapy approach benefit families?

It benefits families by encouraging them to use their existing strengths and resources to work towards their goals, promoting a sense of capability and mutual support.

What role does the therapist play in this approach?

The therapist acts as a facilitator, guiding the family through productive discussions that highlight their strengths and potential solutions.


  1. Psychology Today: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  2. Verywell Mind: What Is Solution-Focused Therapy?
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision