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The Solution Focused Way

Offer Price£12.30
Aug 2011
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A comprehensive step-by-step guide to incorporating solution focused techniques into everyday practice.

Solution focused therapy helps clients to identify how their lives would be without their problems by exploring current client resources and strengths, and their hopes for the future. Instead of dissecting the problem, it looks at what is different when the problem isn't happening or is less severe. These times are the building blocks of solutions.

Solution focused methodology is increasingly used within community mental health teams, mental health charities, inpatient settings, education and business, as it is a well-structured and demonstrably effective approach. This book provides:

  • Guidance for practitioners to gain the skills they need to move from problem focused work to searching for solutions
  • A comprehensive step-by-step guide to using solution focused techniques and integrating them into existing practice
  • A brief review of the evidence base on solution focused therapy
  • Ample exercises to give to clients to help them move away from their problems to finding solutions
  • Clear instructions on how to adapt these techniques for specific populations such as individuals with substance misuse problems, individuals in crisis, anger management and working with couples.

This is a very clear and practical guide to using solution focused brief therapy in everyday practice and will be invaluable for all practitioners wanting to incorporate these techniques into their work.

Age: 13+


  • Forward by Professor Nigel Wellman, Professor of Mental Health Nursing
  • What is Solution Focused Therapy, Brief history of Solution Focused Therapy
  • Evidence base for Solution Focused Therapy
  • From problems to solutions – changing the focus of the Practitioner
  • How Change Happens
  • How to use the Miracle Question, Exceptions, Scaling, Non-problem talk and Compliments
  • Goal Setting
  • Applications of Solution Focused Therapy


Published reviews: 

“The manual is well organised and clear. It offers a simple, straightforward version of SFT, without going into the complex theory behind it. There is much of value in this book for the hard-pressed therapist or trainer new to the approach. It provides useful material for therapists who want their clients to carry out between-session tasks or the trainer who wants to encourage trainees to engage with SFT ideas.”
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Simon Proudlock

Simon Proudlock is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, working both in the National Health Service (NHS) and in Private Practice. Within the NHS he works as part of a crisis team where he has been successful in delivering training on Solution Focused Therapy to other members of the team making the service more solution focused. More recently has delivered Solution Focused Training and seminars to a host of different organisations. Simon completed his Masters from the University of Massachusetts, Boston where he was first introduced to Solution Focused Therapy. Since returning to the UK, he now integrates Solution Focused Therapy into all aspects of his practice in both group work and individual work.