Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a present and future-focused, goal-directed therapeutic approach that focuses, as the name suggests, on solutions. Instead of leading with the problems that brought clients to therapy in the first place, SFBT focuses on what clients want to achieve without exploring the history of the issue. SFBT is founded on the belief that clients know what they need to do to improve their lives and the approach provides coaching and questioning to help clients find the best solutions. Solution Focused Brief Therapy is used in the treatment of a variety of issues, including addiction, relationship problems, behavioral problems, abuse and depression. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s Solution Focused Brief Therapy experts today.

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I've used SFBT to support my county clients for 3 years, and have been supervised while using this approach.

— Mariana Brunnett-Lazarte, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

I utilize Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFTB) approaches in sessions when clients get stuck in "problem talk". We all do this, whether out loud or in our minds, from time to time. It is true that focusing on a problem can indeed help us solve it due to careful analysis, sometimes that problem focus can become a problem itself. SFBT is often an efficient way to pull us out of problem talk and right into a solution.

— Charlotte Haefner, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

SFT relies on the principle that you are resilient and already possess some knowledge on how your life could be better. As your therapist, I will help you to explore hope for the future, so we can identify what steps to take to improve your life.

— Mallory Lyons, Counselor in Redmond, WA

My goal is to discover your goals for treatment, create a plan that works for you, and give you practical tools for achieving those goals. As this process unfolds, I will become obsolete as you become ready and able to implement the strategies learned and take positive steps to creating the life you desire.

— Kalie Moore, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Greensboro, NC

I feel confident in my ability to help clients who have a specific goal and are solutions focused. This treatment approach makes sense for some clients depending on their goals.

— Jaynee Golden, Counselor in West Hollywood, CA

I absolutely love this treatment approach as it focuses more on coming up with solutions and not focusing on the problem.

— Paulishia Augillard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

The goal of solution-focused brief therapy is to help people imagine the future they want to create and then create a series of realistic steps to help them get there. As the name implies, solution-focused brief therapy focuses on finding solutions to problems rather than focusing on the problems themselves.

— Sheri Galens, Counselor in ,

A goal-directed type of therapy that focuses mostly on finding solutions to whatever problems you face. This is often very collaborative and may involve looking at solutions you had previously employed to deal with your mental health issues.

— Alexandra Lambeth, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Prairie, TX

For solution focused therapy, I believe my clients create their own ideal version of themselves and will work together to take the incremental steps to realize where you want to be in life. I ask pointed questions and allow my client to be the experts in their own care. I have been using solution focused therapy for over ten years and have learned to work with my clients to really facilitate change in briefer amounts of time.

— Katie Leikam, Clinical Social Worker in Decatur, GA

Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) places focus on a person's present and future circumstances and goals rather than past experiences. I have long-term experience in this goal-oriented therapy. the symptoms or issues bringing a person to therapy are typically not targeted. SFBT aims to help people experiencing difficulty develop a toolkit they can use immediately to manage symptoms and cope with challenges. You may already have the skills to change but need fine tuning.

— Dr. M. Chris Wolf, Clinical Psychologist in JACKSONVILLE, FL

My primary training and experience is in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) with an eye toward solution-focused interventions, allowing you to begin quickly moving toward the goals that are important to you.

— Cynthia Fong, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

Solution Focused Brief Therapy is designed to identify the current issues and take measures to fix it, quickly and efficiently. It's highly effective with minor issues.

— Jennifer Miller, Counselor in Pensacola, FL

I studied SFBT in my graduate program and in my continuing education. I consider the client to be the expert in their life and rather than focusing on the problem we will together emphasize solutions.

— Brittney Roberts, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Learning skills and using tools for management of symptoms

— Priscilla Gilbert, Counselor in Camas, WA

In a society that values immediate gratification, SFBT fits the mold. Small consistent efforts over a long period of time result in long-standing change. It's in these small consistent efforts we find 'solutions' to current issues or problems that help us feel connected to a more authentic life.

— Christopher Roque, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in brooklyn, NY

A common complaint about therapy is its seemingly never ending emphasis on all that we are doing wrong. Enter Solution Focused Brief Therapy: an approach that focuses on all that you are doing right. SFBT helps patients identify and strengthen effective ways they are already coping, instead of trying to "fix" what is "wrong" about their lives. My patients have found SFBT incredibly effective, and I was lucky enough to train with a leading SFBT expert in the field.

— Saira Malhotra, Therapist in Denver, CO

Depending on the presenting problem, there may not be a needing to go into a clients history or delve into their cognitive processing. It may just be as simple as figuring out the best solution for their current issue/circumstance.

— Shelby M. Upton, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Fort Worth, TX

I believe that sometimes people need help in seeing solutions and don't need exploratory, in-depth services (due to time and money constraints). I offer this framework for people who are in need of services of a shorter nature. I have extensive experience in providing solution focused brief therapy.

— Kerry Luke, Clinical Psychologist in Erie, CO