The Problem-Solving Brief Therapy Model

The model of Problem-Solving Brief Therapy is a form of looking at the challenges in life and coming up with strategies on how to change the situation.
The seeds of the model were planted in Palo Alto, CA around 1950 at the Mental Research Institute (MRI). There, the model was tested and developed under the direction of it's founders; Dick Fisch, Paul, Dick Fisch, Paul Watzlawick, John Weakland, Gregory Bateson, Jay Haley y Milton Erickson.

Throughout its history, the Problem-Solving Model revolutionized the world of therapy. This family therapy model can be applied across therapy situations because it prioritizes the problems the client brings to the table, rather than searching for explanations and providing diagnosis.
DICK FISCH
PAUL 
WATZLAWICK
JOHN 
WEAKLAND
MILTON 
ERICKSON
GREGORY 
BATESON
JAY HALEY

What does the model look like?

When a client starts a conversation, it's because they feel that there is something wrong and they want a change. The Problem-Solving Model allows us to look at the here and now, identify the actions of the client and whoever may be involved that continue to perpetuate these negative results. Together, the client and therapist look to the future to develop strategies the break the negative cycle and achieve sustainable positive change.

Because clients speak first and initiate the conversation, they allow themselves to immediately find opportunities for strategies to positively affect their situation. Because  the Problem-Solving Model looks at the interactions within a negative situation, the model applies in psychotherapy, business settings, and all cases that deal with human interactions. We focus on the actions of the exchange that the client can take to make a positive change in the interaction. Our role as professionals trained in the model is to give the client the tools necessary to take control of their own life in a manner that's more effective and results driven than before.