Increased costs for substance-related mental health services and the consequent rise of managed health care has facilitated the rise of time-limited (i.e., brief) counseling and psychotherapy approaches, such as solution-focused therapy (SFT). SFT has thus emerged as a popular approach to working with substance-related issues, despite its opposition to a disease model of addictions. SFT was developed almost 25 years ago at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Some significant figures in its origin and development include Steve deShazer, Insoo K. Berg, Scott D. Miller, William O'Hanlon, and Michelle Weiner-Davis.

The essence of SFT and its theoretical perspective on human nature, mental health, psychopathology, change, and the therapeutic mandate is captured within the following nine central principles (eight of which are outlined by Berg ...

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