Becoming a Solution Detective

Becoming a Solution Detective: A Strengths-Based Guide to Brief Therapy

by John Sharry

Becoming_A_Solution_Detective_bookEncouraging the reader to become a ‘solution-detective’ and to look for ‘clues’ to success in their own practice, this is a practical and accessible guide for therapists, counsellors and other professionals interested in making their practice solution focused and effective in a short time frame.

Drawing on the insights of solution-focused therapy (SFT) and other strengths based therapies, the book is full of case examples, exercises and role plays, designed to build on your strengths as a practitioner.  Becoming a Solution Detective is ideal for individual study and for use on courses in a wide range of fields including social work, counselling, therapy, psychology and nursing.

The three authors co-founded the Brief Therapy Group in Dublin, which is a psychotherapy, training and consultation service and the leading provider of Brief Therapy training and consultation to professionals in Ireland. Within their practice, the authors have designed basic and advanced training courses in solution-focused therapy as well as the format for a professional supervision and consultation group. This book instills the insights of their training approach into an accessible guide to practice.


‘It’s not easy to write a good hands-on book about solution focused brief therapy which is exactly what the authors have managed to do. You will enjoy reading this book very much. It gives you enough ideas about the approach that you can start testing them in your work with clients right away.’
Ben Furman, Director, Reteaming International

‘Will help both beginners and advanced students of solution-based therapies master the approach. The perceptive reader will discover many advanced concepts presented clearly and simply.’
Bill O’Hanlon, Founder of Possibility Therapy

‘One of the best solution focused practice oriented books on the market.’  Matthew D. Selekman, Partners for Change

‘Brilliant… well written… crisp and to the point.’
Chris Iveson, Brief Therapy Practice.

‘Novices will love this book for its simplicity and straightforwardness. Experienced people will relish the humor and the helpful teaching guides.’
John Walter, Co-author, ‘Recreating Brief Therapy’

Published by Rutledge
ISBN 0789018330