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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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

I've worked in substance use disorder treatment for over a decade. This was a method I often used as often it was a brief stay.

— Denae Arnold, Licensed Professional Counselor in Wheatridge, CO

Samantha utilizes Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) is a strength-based approach to psychotherapy based on solution-building rather than problem-solving. Unlike other forms of psychotherapy that focus on present problems and past causes, SFBT concentrates on how your current circumstances and future hopes. Samantha takes an "individual treatment approach", because she believes each individual client has the power to change their circumstances.

— Samantha Allison-Evans, M.A, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Forney, TX

The more I grow in my work, SFBT reappears time after time. I currently pursuing my SFBT certification after years of using this method within various practice settings. This framework aligns well with beliefs and approach to therapy in that anyone can do anything. Using three steps, I walk clients through stages to achieve their desired outcome. The focus is less about the problem, but helping clients to realize their internal power. Alongside the art process, your strengths take precedent.

— April Fitzpatrick, Art Therapist

I believe that basing therapy on your personal experience is the most empowering and effective approach to create lasting change. I will recognize and highlight your innate strengths and help you build skills and tools that work best for you. Focusing on practical needs real results is always a priority in my practice.

— Heather Romero, Counselor in Atlanta, GA

Places the focus of treatment on present & future circumstances and goals. Aims to identify tools for more immediate improvement in handling emotions & coping with obstacles.

— Lynette Cisneros, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Raleigh, NC

I am trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, a type of approach that helps clients quickly identify a problem that is of major concern and then work closely with the therapist to find a solution or solutions that could help. I particularly appreciate this approach due to the tangible sense of empowerment it provides clients.

— Kimberly Collins, Student Therapist in New York, NY

Depending on the circumstances we don't always have to focus on the problem. It can be beneficial to shift attention away from just discussing what the specific problem is and work on resolutions for that specific problem instead.

— Alicia Richardson, Licensed Professional Counselor

Together, we will explore potential solutions to your problems. All potential solutions that I discuss with you will be evidenced based. This means that various scientific studies on the “solution” have taken place making it scientifically proven to work for most people. If whatever we come up with doesn’t work for you, we’ll discuss other potential evidence based solutions so that you have an array of coping skills you can use to deal with life’s stressors.

— Darryon Spencer, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Not all therapy needs to be long term. I can work with you to identify and accomplish short term achievable goals that will result in positive life change.

— Lorrie OBrien, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Enfield, CT

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 Mental Health Counselor in Charlotte, NC

Behind every problem, there is a solution. I help clients to establish, explore, and envision where they would like to be in like to be and challenge the behaviors that are holding them back.

— Erica Varner-Anderson, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Scottsdale, AZ

Solution Focused Brief Thereapy was a type of therapy I used in the medical social work setting within hospitals. This therapy is positively focused and sees the client's struggles and coping skills as survival techniques that have served the client well so far, but allows room for improvement.

— Crystal Britt, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Redlands, CA

Sometimes our minds meander and wander in search of solutions to poorly defined problems. The role of solution focused therapy is to clear up confusion about what the problem is, define its characteristics, find applicable solutions and support you in exercising these solutions. I have worked many decades utilizing this strategy for a wide range of problems for my clients.

— Foad Afshar, Psychotherapist in Manchester, NH

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