Solution-Focused Therapy

Embark on a journey of positive transformation with Solution-Focused Therapy, a strengths-based approach that empowers you to achieve your goals and create lasting change.

What is Solution-Focused Therapy?

Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) is a modern, evidence-based approach that emphasizes your desired future rather than dwelling on past problems. This method is rooted in the belief that you already possess the inner resources needed for positive change.


Core Concepts of Solution-Focused Therapy


We start with your goals, crafting a future vision of your life when these goals are achieved.


Your capabilities and resources are the focus, rather than any deficits or problems.

Focused and Efficient

SFT zeroes in on present solutions and future hopes rather than past pain, offering a more focused approach.


You are the expert of your own life; our therapists are here to facilitate and support your journey.

How is Solution-Focused Therapy practiced?

Solution-Focused Therapy at Holding Hope MFT is practiced with a unique blend of collaboration, positivity, and future-orientation. Here’s how our therapists bring this innovative approach to therapy to life:

  1. Collaborative Goal Setting: Therapy begins with a joint exploration of your goals. Together, we define what a successful outcome looks like for you, ensuring that the therapy is tailored to your individual aspirations.
  2. Building on Strengths: Our therapists help you identify and leverage your personal strengths and past successes. This approach fosters a sense of empowerment, as you realize your own capacity to overcome challenges and make positive changes.
  3. Focusing on the ‘Here and Now’: Rather than delving into the past, SFT concentrates on your current life and future goals. This present-focused approach helps create a clear pathway for change, making each session more productive and goal-driven.
  4. Utilizing Scaling Questions: A key feature of SFT is the use of scaling questions. These help you to evaluate where you are in relation to your goals and to see the progress you’ve made, which is essential for motivation and continued growth.
  5. Exploring Exceptions: By discussing times when the problem was less severe or absent, we identify strategies that have worked for you in the past. This helps in crafting practical solutions that are grounded in your own experiences and helps to foster hope for an improved future. 
  6. Encouraging Small Steps and Celebrating Progress: Every small achievement is acknowledged and celebrated. This positive reinforcement helps build momentum towards larger goals, making the therapy process both encouraging and effective.
  7. Future-Focused Conversations: Sessions often involve envisioning your future without the current problems. This visualization not only provides motivation but also helps in crystallizing the steps needed to reach your desired future.

Our approach to Solution-Focused Therapy

Set Goals

Envision your ideal future and work towards specific, attainable goals.

Identify Successes

We explore instances when your challenges were less impactful, helping to reveal strategies that worked.

Measure Progress

We use techniques to help you recognize your growth and plan ahead.

Emphasize Change

Every small step is celebrated, marking your progress towards your goals.

Who benefits most from Solution-Focused Therapy?

The strengths-based and future-oriented approach to Solution Focused Therapy makes it particularly well-suited for a diverse range of clients seeking positive change. Here are a few examples of those who often benefit most from SFT:

Individuals seeking personal growth

SFT is a powerful tool for individuals seeking to break free from limiting patterns and embrace personal growth. It provides a structured framework for identifying personal strengths, setting SMART goals, and developing actionable strategies for success. This approach is particularly beneficial for individuals who feel stuck in a rut and yearn for a fresh perspective or are ready to move forward but lack direction.

Couples and families navigating relationship dynamics

SFT offers couples and families a collaborative approach to fostering stronger connections and resolving conflicts. Therapists guide couples and families in identifying shared goals, enhancing communication skills, and developing conflict resolution strategies.

Professionals and executives aspiring for peak performance

SFT is an effective tool for enhancing individual and collective performance within professional settings. It helps teams identify and harness their collective strengths, develop strategies for achieving shared goals, and foster a culture of continuous improvement.

What makes Solution-Focused Therapy different?

In the following video from the Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy, you can Learn more about what sets SFT apart from other forms of therapy and how it can uniquely facilitate your path to personal growth and achievement.

Is Solution-Focused Therapy right for you?

Determining if Solution-Focused Therapy aligns with your therapeutic needs is a crucial step on your path to well-being. SFT is ideal for those who are future-oriented and motivated by goals, rather than past hardships. It suits individuals seeking a pragmatic approach that celebrates their strengths and champions their ability to enact change. If you resonate with the idea of a collaborative, brief, and highly personalized therapeutic experience—one that builds on your existing successes and focuses on what is possible tomorrow—SFT at Holding Hope MFT may be the transformative approach you’ve been looking for. Let’s discover together how SFT can illuminate your journey towards a more fulfilling life. Fill out the form below to set up a free 20-minute consultation call today.

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