The therapy focuses on solutions rather than exploring the problem. It is thought that a focus on exploring what is already working for the client and their own inner resources is a process that facilitates a lessening of the effects of the problems faced.
During therapy you will spend time identifying what will tell you the problem has been solved and exploring what things you are already doing, sometimes without knowing, that help you move towards your preferred future. You will be encouraged to share with your therapist your successes and reflect in depth what a future without the problem will look like and what people who are close to you will notice about this happier you. You will explore the times when the problem does not seem so overwhelming and what and when you are already doing things that are positive for you. This will help you identify ways to do things differently.
Solution-focused therapy is different from other short-term therapies, in as much that weekly sessions are not considered mandatory and you and your therapist will decide how frequently you feel it would be helpful to come to sessions. Sessions are normally 45 to 50 minutes.