Steve de Shazer

Steve de Shazer (June 25, 1940, Milwaukee September 11, 2005, Vienna) was a psychotherapist, author, and developer and pioneer of solution focused brief therapy. In 1978, he founded the Brief Family Therapy Center (BFTC) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife Insoo Kim Berg.

Steve de Shazer
Born(1940-06-25)June 25, 1940
Milwaukee, United States
DiedSeptember 11, 2005(2005-09-11) (aged 65)
Vienna, Austria
OccupationPsychotherapist; author
Known forCo-founder of Brief Family Therapy Center
Spouse(s)Insoo Kim Berg

De Shazer was originally trained as a classical musician and worked as a jazz saxophonist. He received a Bachelor in Fine Arts and an MSSW in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He never studied at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, even though some rumours have it he did. De Shazer wrote six books and was translated into 14 languages. He was a lifelong friend of John Weakland , whom he saw as his mentor.[1][2]

De Shazer died in Vienna while traveling on a training and consulting tour in Europe. De Shazer has a nephew, Tony de Shazer and two great nieces Elodie and Amelie de Shazer.[3]