Dr. Ben Furman

about Ben Furman

Ben graduated as a medical doctor (licensed physician) from Helsinki University in 1979. Thereafter he worked for two years as a general practitioner, or primary health care physician in Lapland, northern part of Finland. In 1982 he started his specialization into psychiatry working among other things in outpatient psychiatry, outpatient child psychiatry, liaison psychiatry and different hospital wards. He was accredited his specialist designation in adult psychiatry in 1986. During his specialization he studied psychotherapy, family therapy and brief therapy. He was certified by the accrediting body of the ministry of health as a psychotherapist in 1995 and as a trainer psychotherapist (advanced level specialist psychotherapist) in 2007.


In 1985 Ben and Tapani founded their company Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute (Lyhytterapiainstituutti) where Ben works as a trainer of solution-focused therapy, coaching and organizational development. Ben has been also an active media personality. He used to host his own TV-program (200 episodes) and has also run his own call-in radio program, both on Finnish National Broadcasting Company YLE.

Ben has written some twenty books many of which have been translated to a number of foreign languages. He is renowned internationally as a trainer of solution-focused psychology and an active innovator of solution-focused methods and tools such as Kids’ Skills and Steps of Responsibility for helping children overcome problems and Reteaming, Twin-Star and Cooperation for teaching solution-focused psychology for leaders and staff of and organizations.

One of Ben’s special interest is designing and developing solution-focused apps. Click on the main menu to see an up-to-date catalogue of his apps, most of which are free to use, or download from the net.


Ben works widely internationally. He is a regular teacher in solution-focused training programs in Holland, Belgium, Canada and Sweden. Other countries where Ben has been teaching solution-focused approaches include Bulgaria, England, Scotland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malesia, Australia, Egypt, Germany, USA, Mexico, New Zealand, Israel, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Austria.