I am surprised about how much my meaning-focused therapy is similar to brief-strategy therapy and solution-focused therapy. I am also surprised about how Dr. Frankl work in logotherapy also had features of this strategic-action approach. Here are the similarities:

  1. I accept the responsibility of creating an atmosphere of safety and trust, conductive to positive change in my clients. By being easygoing and genuine, I usually can establish good rapport in the first session.
  2. Taking the psycho-educational approach seriously, I seldom shy about teaching them important evidence-based principles of change as the basis for their therapy.
  3. I inspire confidence by being direct and authoritative in presenting my views of the issues and narrow down the potential solutions to a few workable options for the clients. Thus, I usually can achieve positive outcomes within a few sessions.
  4. It is important to review clients not just as self-contained individuals, but as part of social ecology and particular culture. Therefore, I consider both the benefits and the hindrances in such interactional systemic context.
  5. I usually motivate clients to find a solution not only to remove a problem, but to create a more preferred meaningful future.
  6. It is important to not only appeal to clients’ values and beliefs in order to identify life goals, but also challenge them to consider more adaptive values and beliefs in order to discover the best life goals for them.
  7. This treatment model is always positive, future-oriented, and goal-directed, but paradoxically, it also encourages clients to have the courage to confronts their painful past and present in order to develop the necessary wisdom and strengths to create a better life.
  8. This model focuses on learning some skills and making small improvements each session so that clients feel encouraged and confident in the process.
  9. This model focuses on small but strategic changes to bring about big, long-term changes in life.
  10. Meaning-focused therapy goes beyond solution-focused therapy by emphasizing that meaning not only solves problems through reframing, but also creates a better future through pursuing worthwhile life goal.


Wong, P. T. P. (2020, January 13). From Solution-Focused Therapy to Meaning-Focused Therapy. Dr. Paul T. P. Wong. Retrieved from http://www.drpaulwong.com/from-solution-focused-therapy-to-meaning-focused-therapy