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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Solution-focused (brief) therapy (SFBT) is a goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change that is conducted through direct observation of clients' responses to a series of precisely constructed questions. Solution Therapy helps you to stay focused on the solution rather than to stay stuck in the problem. We will definitely discuss how you got to this point in your life, but the main focus will be on finding the best solution that will fit your needs.

— Rosemarie Wheeler, Marriage & Family Therapist in Temecula, CA

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy or SFBT focuses on finding solutions in the present time and exploring an individual's hope for the future to find quicker resolution to their problems. This method takes the approach that you know what you need to do to improve your own life and, with the appropriate counseling and questioning, you are capable of finding the best solutions for your future.

— Cheryl Perry, Licensed Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is future-focused, goal-directed, and focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy.

— Tara Kleinschmidt, Counselor in Vancouver, WA
 

It can often be helpful to explore past wounds that have left their scars as far back as our childhoods. However, sometimes the goal of therapy is to solve an immediate problem. If you prefer, I can work with you in a brief, solution-focused approach that gathers your strengths to overcome obstacles in your life.

— Brian Hayes, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

Focus will be on the person's present and future circumstances their goals rather than their past experiences. Encouraging the person to develop a vision of the future and offers support as they determine the skills, resources, and abilities needed to achieve that vision successfully.

— Shay Phillips, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX
 

I've worked at primary care clinics with a focus on Integrated Behavioral Health (Iora Health, and Legacy Medical Group). Integrated behavioral health is focused short term brief interventions. This modality is great for clients who want to work on a specific issue. It is goal oriented and focused on what is concerning the client in the present moment. The clients strengths are assessed and incorporated into the treatment. Sessions can be brief or intermittent.

— Debbie Yoro, Clinical Social Worker in Beaverton, OR

What are you already doing well as a couple? This method of therapy focused on looking at the strengths you already possess and using those to find solutions for the areas of growth in the relationship. This method is structured and comes with homework and exercises for the couple to continue with at home.

— Kristal DeSantis, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
 

I have received additional training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy through workshops at mental health agencies and conferences, as well as through supervision and mentoring in this approach. With clients, I nearly always include elements of SFBT in terms of finding exceptions, focusing on solutions, and creating concrete goals.

— Kaleigh Boysen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
 

I have extensive training and experience in providing solution focused therapy.

— Edlyne Thelusma, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Miramar, FL
 

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. I had the privilege of training with a leading SFBT expert in the field, and my patients have found it incredibly effective.

— Saira Malhotra, Therapist in Denver, CO
 

A common complaint about therapy is it's 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. I have found this treatment orientation incredibly effective in my practice, and was lucky enough to train with a leading SFBT expert in the field.

— Saira Malhotra, Therapist in Denver, CO

My Masters level education was steeped in SFBT where I received training from colleagues of Steve DeShazer and Insoo Kim Berg. Although my sessions may not always follow the traditional SF structure, the basis of using strengths to develop goals and work toward a preferred future are at the core of my approach.

— Christine Mazurkiewicz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Annville, PA
 

Though it's not a "cure" for disorders, I've successfully used SFBT along with other styles and treatments (when it suits the client) to improve their quality of life *right now.* This style assumes that on we know what will work to boost our functioning; as the clinician, I'll work with you to help tease out what, when, and how to do things to help you find some relief or clarity.

— Hilda Lopez, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Berkeley, CA