Dr. Gail Reece

Helping put the pieces together...

Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

How do these techniques work?

Solution Focused Therapy

Let's start with the times that solution focused therapy is not appropriate. I do not use it when there is a clearly identifiable problem such as substance abuse in the family or domestic violence. Other, more directive, therapy models are used in those situations. I have years of experience treating addictions and anger management problems. However, when I ask an individual or a couple what they would like to see change, the answer I typically get is “communication” or “satisfaction with life”. These are the clients who do very well with a combination of solution focused and cognitive behavioral therapy.

•Traditional therapy can go wrong by focusing on the cause of problems, the details of how they play out, the ways these events deviate from ''normal'' or the way couples are ''supposed'' to work, and having people passively accept the expert therapists' explanations of ''what is wrong'' with them. Doing this gets clients stuck in a passive and helpless role, locked into a problem narrative they rehearse over and over again.

•A solution focused approach moves client focus off of what's wrong and onto what's right, stresses the resources and skills clients have, and helps them take the role of expert (which they hold anyway) and take responsibility from there for setting their own goals and reaching them. It's not about what's missing and causes woe, but what's present and can lead to happiness.

•Solution building is the goal, and as you change the language that shapes how you think about the problem, you change the language that shapes how you think about the solution. This is why CBT works so well in concert with solution focused therapy.

•There is no theory behind this, and you need not fully understand the problem to fix it. The solution may not even look initally like it will resolve the problem, and that's fine - a small change may nudge the whole system in a different direction and that frequently is all that's needed.

•Therapists maintain a future focus, with language that is goal oriented. Rather than continually summing up what the therapist thinks the clients is saying, the therapist asks questions to focus and direct the client's thinking and view to looking for a better solution. It is not the therapist’s solution. The solution always belongs to the client. http://www.psychpage.com/family/library/sft.htm

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps us to understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders, including phobias, addiction, depression and anxiety. The goal of cognitive behavior therapy is to teach clients that while they cannot control every aspect of the world around them, but they can take control of how they interpret and deal with things in their environment. Because CBT is usually a short-term treatment option, it is often more affordable than some other therapeutic options. CBT is also empirically supported and has been shown to effectively treat a wide variety of maladaptive behaviors. http://psychology.about.com/od/psychotherapy/a/cbt.htm

Mental Health Counselor in Georgia - Professional Counseling Services - Alpharetta - Marriage - Addiction Counseling

Dr. Gail Reece - Reece Counseling - Mental Health Counselor in Georgia
Professional Counseling Services - Marriage counseling - Addiction counseling
6740 Jamestown DriveAlpharetta, GA 30005
Phone : 678 339 1221