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 frequently utilize Solution Focused Therapy to help clients build support systems, increase coping skills, and create immediate, and positive change in their lives.

— Lacie Rasmussen, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Vancouver, WA

I will lend my support and begin where you want to start. Together, we will Discover your strengths, resources and what is truly important to you. I will help you get Clarity on what you need and want for acceptance and change to happen. I take a collaborative approach in creating your goals and how you can overcome any obstacles. You might feel stuck. I can help you think outside the box and integrate your resilience and wisdom with new ways and directions to live out your best life.

— Tanya Witman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

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

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

SFBT places focus on a person's present and future goals, rather than on past experiences and problems. Using SFBT, I encourage clients to envision what change would look like and then help them outline the necessary steps to solve their problems. Since I consider my client to be the expert in their own life, my job is to guide them through the process of recognizing what is already working for them, help them explore how best to continue amplifying those strategies, and acknowledge successes.

— Carmen F Juneidi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

Learning skills and using tools for management of symptoms

— Priscilla Gilbert, Counselor in Camas, WA

I have worked with many EAP clients for over 20 years and have helped them learn new skills to adapt to new situations.

— Nicole Taulbee, Counselor in Granger, IN

We focus on solution focused brief therapy to ensure our clients can address their challenges quickly and effectively.

— Family Counseling Center, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Saint Petersburg, 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

There is a myth that you have to be in counseling for years to make any progress. If we look at just a few key goals, the right interventions can make a big difference in your everyday life. It’s common and expected that people will come in and out of counseling as changes dictate.

— Melanie Skipper-Relyea, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Prairie, TX

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

I work based on the rationale that there are exceptions to every problem and through examining these exceptions and having a clear vision of a preferred future, you and I, together, can generate ideas for solutions. I am competency and future focused.

— Michal T. Margolese, Hypnotherapist in Beverly Hills, CA

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

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 Greenwood Village, CO

The individual is able to establish short term goals that can be reached in a relatively short time period.

— Maxine Carelock, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA