1st Edition

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with the LGBT Community
Creating Futures through Hope and Resilience

ISBN 9781138819573
Published November 19, 2015 by Routledge
124 Pages

USD $29.95

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Book Description

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with the LGBT Community is a practical guide for mental health professionals who wish to increase their therapeutic skills and work more effectively with LGBT clients. This book shows how to help clients reach their goals in tangible, respectful ways by identifying and emphasizing the hope, resources, and strength already present within this population. Readers will increase their knowledge about the practical application of SFBT through case examples and transcripts, modified directly from the author’s work with the LGBT community, and by learning more about the miracle question, exceptions, scaling, compliments, coping, homework, and more.

Table of Contents

Foreword Sarah Berg  Introduction  1. The LGBT Community  2. SFBT & the LGBT Community  3. The Hopeful LGBT Client: Eliciting a Destination Description  4. Connecting with and Getting to Know Your LGBT Client  5. The Preferred Future  6. Scaling  7. Feedback, Homework, and Closing the Initial Session  8. Subsequent Sessions  Conclusion  References  Index

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Rebekka Ouer, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Dallas, Texas. She specializes in the use of solution-focused brief therapy with the LGBT community, and she frequently conducts training for students and professionals on that topic.


Every page of Rebekka Ouer’s ground-breaking book resonates with her enthusiasm for Solution-Focused Therapy and her absolute conviction in its unique appropriateness as an approach for working with the LGBT community. Rebekka helps us to appreciate that Solution-Focused Therapy is more than just a set of techniques, that it embodies an attitude to people which builds hopefulness and brings to the fore LGBT clients’ often unrecognized resilience in dealing with the challenges that they can face.—Evan George, MA, MSc, co-director of BRIEF in London, UK, and co-author of Solution Focused Brief Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques and Brief Coaching: a solution focused approach.

In this terrific, well- written and highly informative book, Ouer presents therapists everywhere with the tools to work knowledgeably and respectfully with LGBT clients. From her initial self-disclosure to descriptions verifying the needs of the LGBT community, Ouer provides us with new insight for helping LGBT clients using a solution-focused approach. Her consistent reminder throughout the book of her clients’ resiliency and amazing courage will warm the hearts of therapists and catapult them into sessions with LGBT clients with confidence.—Linda Metcalf, PhD, director of the graduate counseling department at Texas Wesleyan University and author of The Miracle Question: Answer it and Change Your Life.

Clinicians at all levels of experience will benefit from reading this eminently useful, well-written book! Ouer addresses subtle nuances of the evidence-based SFBT approach in a manner that beautifully exemplifies the respectful, compassionate,  strongly supportive therapeutic stance that is the hallmark of the SF approach at its best.  We owe it to our profession to engender awareness and competence in working with the LGBT community, and this book is a wonderful  resource!—Yvonne Dolan, co-author of Tales of Solution (with Insoo Kim Berg) and co-author of More Than Miracles (with Steve de Shazer).

The book would be essential reading for those readers it is aimed at...For a practical guide, it very clearly demonstrates an in depth understanding of SFBT - Dr Paul V Ricketts, Private Practice