This second edition of Solution-focused Therapy remains the most accessible yet comprehensive case-based introduction to the history, theory, research and practice of solution-focused therapy (SFT) within mental health care and beyond.

Drawing on contemporary research and the author's own extensive experience, the fully revised and updated new edition includes:

discussion of recent developments relevant to research and training; a new chapter on challenges to SFT and the integration of SFT with other therapeutic approaches; extended discussion on ethical issues; topical exploration of the application of SFT with patients with personality disorders and dementias; contemporary research on solution-focused coaching and approaches to organizational change; new case material

This highly practical guide should be on the desk of every student or trainee studying this strongly supported, growing approach. It is also a useful resource for practitioners wanting to update their core skills and knowledge.

Case Study

Case study


  • A melancholy marriage
  • Problem
  • Pre-session changes
  • Goals
  • Exceptions
  • Scaling: current state; confidence about making changes
  • Miracle question
  • Team discussion
  • Feedback
  • Subsequent progress
  • Conclusion

This case study is based on therapy with a married couple who had no previous experience of counselling or psychotherapy. The text is taken from a transcript of the first interview. Comments about the therapy process are derived from the contributions of the team who sat behind the mirror during ...

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