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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Our work can be centered on identifying and working towards resolution on a current or persistent issue that is interfering with your current life healthy balance. The direct approach of problem identification and solution exploring can feel very empowering. Sometimes this may lead to deeper unpacking of issues but, initially it is about problem solving and stability.

— Audrianna Gurr, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I specialize in helping clients resolve their acute concerns within a shorter period of time with an intent to dispute the crisis in question.

— Janelle Marshall, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

I use Solution Focused Brief Therapy to help clients resolve current problems by exploring all possible solutions and their outcomes.

— Karen Santana, Clinical Social Worker in ,

I am always asking the question "What is going to create change for my clients?" "How can they reach their goals?" As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I am trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Clients believe the change they can see and that's what I seek to provide. Couples appreciate this approach because they don't only want to understand themselves in a relationship, they want a changed relationship. They want results.

— Christina Tseng, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Germantown, MD

Imagine: you wake up tomorrow morning and all of your problems are gone. How would you know? What do you see? Maybe it's that you're not spending the day in bed, or stepping on the scale several times a day or constantly fighting with your partner. Not to get all Tony Robbins on you, but you have the ability to take ACTION and make changes. We will work together to find ways in which you can use your inner strengths to meet your goals. Don't worry, I'm not going to try selling you 19 videos.

— Ryan Levin, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have over 10 years experience in providing brief solution focused therapies, and have had positive results.

— Sabrina Bryant, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Joppa, MD

I love solution-focused work. Rather than laying on a couch once a week for years talking about whatever, I love to get down to the nitty-gritty and figure out what the problem is. I know when you call a therapist, you want help now. There's something going on that needs to change, and the best way to get relief is to problem solve. Make change. Having a plan will lower your stress about it, then we can work on the other ongoing or underlying issues if we need to.

— Jennifer Branstetter, Clinical Social Worker in METAMORA, IN

What is the problem? How is it a problem? What have you been trying to do to solve it? Imagine if the problem was already solved, what is the first thing that you would notice? These questions form the basis of the solution-focused brief therapy model. The art is in how the questions are asked. Instead feeling like an interview, I ask them in the form of a conversation. It is through this conversation that I will pull on your inner resources for change.

— Derrick Hoard, Counselor in Seattle, WA

I have experience applying SFBT to family and individual therapy work. While ideal, it isn't always realistic to expect to spend 6, 9, 12 months with a therapist. SFBT provides effective, meaningful change that can be seen quickly.

— Kaitlyn Shelp, Mental Health Counselor in Clearwater, FL

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

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

With any solution-focused therapy, we work together to identify strengths and solve your problems practically. This therapy is great for a short week to week session focused on problems that require your immediate attention. Solution Focused therapies are great for: 1) career concerns 2) work transitions 3) family issues 3) low assertiveness and confidence

— Rick Villarreal, Licensed Professional Counselor in Arvada, CO

I work with you at your own pace. I don't give advice or push you to do something you don't want to do. I use humor, demonstrate empathy, and human connection more than just using inventions. Finding solutions based on your strengths, past successes, preferred outcomes, and changes you envision for yourself. I believe having good working relationship worth more than giving you homework or any 10 interventions combine. I'm people first, therapist second.

— Tina Avila, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Ontario, CA

I am a solution-focused therapist which means that I am focused on the positives and building upon your strengths. It is a positive, optimistic and nonjudgmental orientation.

— Marion Rollings, Psychologist in Hillsborough, NJ

Coming from a Solution-Focused Brief Therapy approach, instead of a problem-focus there is an aim to focus on what is currently going on and how you want your future to look. This helps define goals to strive towards for your journey onward.

— Leslie Faulkner, Counselor

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 Greenwood Village, CO

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

We use techniques from SFBT and mindfulness to help our clients overcome their difficulties.

— Kenneth Restor, Counselor in Hinsdale, IL

We concentrate on finding solutions in the present time and exploring your hope for the future. This allows us to find a quicker resolution to your presenting concerns.

— Jevita Hamilton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Homewood, IL

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

Some times the most important aspect of being mentally healthy is to be ready and willing to make some changes. When someone is specific and clear in what they are looking for help in addressing, clear questions and targeted therapeutic focus can be very quickly helpful. When people are open to hearing ideas and options, they are able to implement changes on their own.

— Lynette Imdieke-Struzyk, Mental Health Counselor in Watkins, MN, MN