Questions About Chris and His Work

Therapy, also called counseling or psychotherapy, is typically a long-term process whereby a licensed mental health professional accesses a client’s problem, assigns a diagnosis, (which is then submitted to insurance for reimbursement) and then through ongoing therapeutic sessions, seeks to reduce a client’s unwanted symptoms.

Coaching, on the other hand is typically present and future-focused and focused on helping clients break through (real or imagined) barriers and achieve their desired goals. Anyone can call themselves a coach, and most coaching certification programs offer an initial certification program lasting around 100 hours. One does not need to be a licensed mental health professional to be a coach.

Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is one of the few approaches in psychotherapy that began as “evidence-based,” vs. most other models which are typically “theory-driven”. 

Since its development in the late 1970s, there have been approximately 150 randomized clinical trials with SFBT, demonstrating its widespread efficacy in a wide variety of fields, including mental health, education, training, and business consulting.
As the name implies, Solution-focused Brief Therapy (also referred to as the “Solution-focused Approach”) is brief and focuses on a person’s innate skills, resources and coping abilities, and obtaining desired outcomes, rather than the problems that brought someone in the door. It has been described as a “goal-directed, collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change,” (1) and is typically present and future-focused.

SFBT was developed by American therapist Steve De Shazer (1940-2005) and his wife InnSoo Kim Berg (1935-2007) at the Brief Family Center in Milwaukee, WI.

Along the way, they “spent thousands of hours carefully observing live and recorded therapy sessions. Any behaviors or words on the part of the therapist that reliably led to positive therapeutic change on the part of the clients were painstakingly noted and incorporated into the SFBT approach.” (1)

Other contributors to this approach include psychotherapist and author Bill O’Hanlon, and Jay Haley at the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto, CA. Jay Haley’s work was inspired, in part by, the famous physician and hypnotist Milton Erickson.

For an in-depth look at this therapeutic approach to change, download the free report, “Solution-focused Secrets” here.


Evidence-based therapy is the gold standard in mental health care, yet many providers still rely on approaches that may be ineffective, and even harmful. In layman’s terms, an “evidence-based practice” is a practice that’s based on widespread clinical evidence, as opposed to someone’s opinion as to what’s effective, without the research to back it up.

A licensed mental health professional means a person, other than a physician, who is licensed by the state to engage in the practice of psychology or psychiatric nursing, or to provide professional therapy or counseling services; for the purpose of improving one’s mental health or to treat mental disorders. Getting licensed as a mental health professional requires completion of a master’s or doctoral degree in one’s specific area of study.

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