PERSON-CENTERED THERAPY AND SOLUTION-FOCUSED BRIEF THERAPY: AN INTEGRATION OF PRESENT AND FUTURE AWARENESS


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Abstract

The authors propose an integration of person-centered therapy, with its focus on the here and now of client awareness of self, and solution-focused therapy, with its future-oriented techniques that also raise awareness of client potentials. Although the two theories hold different assumptions regarding the therapist's role in facilitating client change, it is suggested that solution-focused techniques are often compatible for use within a person-centered approach. Further, solution-focused activities may facilitate the journey of becoming self-aware within the person-centered tradition. This article reviews the two theories, clarifying the similarities and differences. To illustrate the potential integration of the approaches, several types of solution-focused strategies are offered through a clinical example.

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