Respond to a peer
I personally really like Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). While reading the article, I was thinking of some students that I’ve been working with and how this could benefit them. I enjoy how it recognizes there’s a problem, but it shrugs its shoulders at the problem and moves on to give attention to solutions. It’s a way to encourage people when they feel very negative about themselves and their choices and don’t feel they can change because they haven’t so far. I think we all need positive ways to think through our issues and choices sometimes. I think this is a great method for me to use in those moments when I’m upset with myself for making a mistake multiple times. I can shift my thinking to a positive solution that I can practice daily to come naturally when it’s actually needed. I think sometimes people do need to speak about their past, though. That’s one limitation. A client with a lot of trauma to work through may need to spend more time on their negative past to remember things that could benefit their therapy. In those situations, not allowing time for those negative past times could make the client feel like you don’t have time for them, you don’t think their history is important, and they may not trust that you will be able to truly help them because you won’t truly listen to them.