Recursive frame analysis (RFA) was used to conduct a single case investigation of Insoo Kim Berg's question utilization talk in a solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) session. Due to the lack of process research that explores how SFBT questions facilitate change, the author investigated how Berg's solution language influenced a client to respond in session. The purpose of this case study was to explore how SFBT questions served as interventions to facilitate change. The research question for this study was twofold: (a) how does Berg's language influence conversation and (b) how is the client influenced by Berg's questions in a therapeutic context? The findings suggest that Berg's questions serve as interventions for change as noted by patterns in the therapeutic conversation.


Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Recursive Frame Analysis, Couple Therapy, Question Utilization, Qualitative Research


The author would like to thank Dr. Ron Chenail, Dr. Lisa C. Palmer, and the late Insoo Kim Berg for their inspiration and collaboration on this research project.

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