Phenomenological Therapy vs. Solution Focused Brief Therapy Comparison Essay by Nicky

A comparison of phenomenological therapy with solution focused brief therapy.
# 150775 | 2,256 words | 19 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 20, 2012 in Psychology (Therapies)

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The paper explores the similarities and differences as well as the strengths and weaknesses of two popular counseling methods; phenomenological therapy and solution focused brief therapy. The paper examines the applicability of both therapies and concludes with a preference for the phenomenological therapeutic approach. However, the paper does note that in many cases, an integrated approach that combines several techniques from several theoretical approaches will be the most affective approach for a particular client.

Understanding Phenomenological Therapy
Understanding Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Similarities and Differences of the Two Approaches
Comparative Strengths and Weaknesses

From the Paper:

"One of the key requirements for the success of the phenomenological counseling approach is an open-mind. The approach, as developed by Edmund Husserl, was an attempt to end pre-conceptions and to approach the phenomena of the conscious mind with an open mind (Brazier, 1992). With this approach, the information obtained is fresh and offers a wondrous new insight around every corner for both the client and the therapist. The client that seeks phenomenological therapy comes to the counselor for a fresh new look to their problems. They come to get a new outlook. The therapist guides through on a journey through their own mind, where it will take them is anyone's guess.
"The phenomenological approach to therapy depends on constructivism as its basis. This concept is based on the idea that as we live, we experience. As we experience, we attempt to make sense of what is happening by developing personal story or set of beliefs (Brazier, 1992). Our perceptions of the world are based on experiences in the world and how our mind organized those perceptions. In many cases, more than one construction of events is possible. What is perceived as a "problem" for one may be an "opportunity" for another."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ashworth, P. (2003). An Approach to Phenomenological Psychology: The Contingencies of the Lifeworld. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology. 34 (2): 145. Questia Database.
  • Bacon, V. (2007). What Potential Might Narrative Therapy Have to Assist Indigenous Australians Reduce Substance Misuse?. Australian Aboriginal Studies. 2007 (1): 71. Questia Database.
  • Brazier, D. (1992). Phenomenological Counseling and Psychotherapy. Amida Trust. Retrieved 10 October 2009 from
  • Finaly, L. (2008). Dance between the Reduction and Reflexivity: Explicating the "Phenomenological Psychological Attitude". Journal of Phenomenological Psychology. 39(1): 1. Questia Database.
  • Giorgi. B. (2005a). Reflections on Therapeutic Practice Guided by a Husserlian Perspective. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology. 36 (2): 141. Questia Database.

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