Does MCS Offer  Solutions-Focused  Counseling?

Anthony Abastilla, LMHCA has a passion for working with children, teens, and adults using play therapy among other methods, Solution-Focused Therapy. He says, "Building relationships with a non-judgmental and compassionate approach is very important to me." 

Before working as a therapist, Anthony spent nine years as a school counselor and another nine years working in the mental health field with youth and adults. Solutions-Focused Therapy isn't something Anthony is wedded to, it's just an overall approach to therapy that emphasizes a client's natural solutions to what they've heretofore thought needed something to happen to them to find relief.

Anthony is very flexible and can use a variety of tools and ideas to build relationships with clients. He earned his first Masters in Psychology in 2009 from Walden University and his second Masters in Education from City University.

Anthony says, "It takes a lot of bravery for people to enter therapy, but seeking to discover ourselves, can open us up to healthier, fuller lives. Connecting from compassion makes this opening to who we really make this possible."

When we are on our own, this can be tough but with a solutions-focused advocate and collaborator like therapist Anthony Abastilla, new to MCS Counseling Group, your goals can find real support.

What is Solutions-Focused Therapy?


Solution-Focused Therapy is a brief therapeutic approach that is considered "Strengths-Based". As the name suggests, SFT is considered effective, efficient, and hopeful. Each client feels respected because their unique personality strengths are mined both from their past and their present. Plus, they get to take the best from their past to move in the direction of a future they want to develop.

The therapist and client spend less time talking about their current problem which can feel unlike many other therapy models. Instead, therapists follow their clients' lead in a search for what has worked and what has not when trying to deal with current challenges. When clients broaden their attention to a variety of options when facing a challenge, they're more likely to build on these alternatives, creating an upward spiral effect.

How Does SFT Work?

In this model, the therapist doesn't offer solutions but rather WITH the client, looks for strengths that have shown up in people's lives no matter the level of trauma from the past or the current challenges a client is hoping to address. Both therapist and client hunt for exceptions to the present problem brought to therapy asking, When was this problem absent in a similar situation? or they look for descriptions in their life that are already working, i.e., Where in your life are you experience a sense of satisfaction? By looking at current resources, they're more likely to marshal them to have confidence toward envisioning a more rewarding future.

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