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.

Meet the specialists

I integrate a variety of tools and techniques into sessions but the top three that I use would fall under CBT, solution focused brief therapy, and ACT.

— Deborah Farber, Counselor in Tulsa, OK

I use SMALL and obtainable goals to help reach the BIG goals. The completion of the small goals help maintain momentum for the big one.

— Amanda Mattick, Counselor in Melbourne, FL

You don't have to do therapy FOREVER to benefit from individual or couples counseling. I offer practical tools that you can put to immediate use to improve the quality of your life and relationships. If we're still talking about the same thing ad nauseum for months and months, the therapy just isn't working. After all, therapy is NOT life. Life is life.

— Jeff Wright, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

I utilize solution focused techniques because it focuses on the strengths of a person or relationship. We can talk all day about the negative, but it is important to point out the positive otherwise life would feel sucky. I want you to think about your achievements, highlight them and reward yourself. And if you can't think about what makes you great... well we are going to work on that together!

— Jessica Jefferson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Plantation, FL

I love helping people enhance their problem-solving skills & seek solutions! Stronger problem-solving skills lead to more effective strategies in overcoming stress & challenges. We explore options to resolve/ decrease the things we internalize as unpleasant. When we learn to “think outside the box”, We see life’s hardships as opportunities for growth. The impossible becomes possible! Any problem well-defined is half solved. I’m here to help you solve the other half & Krave Lyfe!

— Cassie Icenogle Konnoly, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Lacey, WA

I have been using solution focused brief therapy in the public schools for more than seventeen years. Results happen quickly which increases level of motivation in clients.

— Dana Jeffrey, Educational Psychologist in Sacramento, CA

Utilizing motivational interviewing and Socratic questions, helping the client to identify their strengths and problem solving abilities they've tapped into in the past to help move them through their current problem.

— Edwyna Piert, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

I have been practicing this technique since 2010 and continue to attend ongoing trainings regarding this approach to ensure my skills remain sharp and effective.

— Rachel Stapleton, Clinical Social Worker in Kirkland, WA

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

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 Greenwood Village, CO

I believe that we have a sense of where we want to get to in life and I can help support you on that journey.

— Melissa Nefalar, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in CHULA VISTA, CA

There can be crisis situations where something happens and it is difficult to understand. Solution focused treatment and help us pinpoint what is happening, what has changed, and how we can get back to the norm that we are accustomed to. Exploring triggers and creating a toolkit of coping skills can help decrease overwhelming feelings and help someone through serious and conflicting situations.

— Patricia Alvarado, EMDR Therapist, Psychotherapist in Montebello, CA

We usually enter into counseling because we have "stuff" to work on. I enjoy viewing the referral reason as buying the expensive plane ticket (why we searched for a counselor) to a great vacation (the conversation between you and the counselor).

— Dr. Erika Hollander, Counselor in Orlando, FL

Learning skills and using tools for management of symptoms

— Priscilla Gilbert, Counselor in Camas, WA

I have used solution focused a lot in my years of practice specifically with my older youth/ young adolescents who may be resistant to therapy at first. I have found that solution focused therapy really helped engage those youth which then allows them to open up for more progress in therapy.

— Mariah Snapp, Clinical Social Worker in Fort Worth, TX

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 can provide quick and simple solutions to everyday problems. Sometimes we don't have time to dig deep and we just need some answers.

— Andrew Carini, Licensed Professional Counselor in Clearwater, FL

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

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.

— Cathi Long, Counselor in Clearwater, FL

I try to get a future picture of life without the problem. I also try to help the client identify those actions during the times when the problem is either absent or not as bad.

— Kevin Rose, Therapist in Plymouth, MI

When I started counseling in 2015 Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) was the therapy of choice and I often use the approach. If I would describe my "default" therapy style, it would be SFBT.

— Josh Haycraft, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Jackson, MS

Therapy is not forever. It is important to help people now (for the appropriate course of treatment needed). Asking questions to help with insight, helping to think about the future and any blocks we may have can be useful. Sometimes having a few new tools is enough to get you started and you may see more immediate changes.

— Monica Cagayat, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Woodinville, WA