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

Since 2005 I have used solution focus with my clients when CBT has not been appropriate or effective for them. I have gotten several trainings.

— Ana Romero, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in MIRAMAR, FL, FL
 

SFT relies on the principle that you are resilient and already possess some knowledge on how your life could be better. As your therapist, I will help you to explore hope for the future, so we can identify what steps to take to improve your life.

— Mallory Lyons, Counselor in Redmond, WA

This is goal-oriented therapy. We will focus on your present and future goals for improving your life.

— Cathy Sharer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Cardiff, CA
 

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
 

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

I studied SFBT in my graduate program and in my continuing education. I consider the client to be the expert in their life and rather than focusing on the problem we will together emphasize solutions.

— Brittney Roberts, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

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
 

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
 

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

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

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
 

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) differs from other types of therapy approaches because it empowers individuals to focus on their own strengths rather than on their weaknesses. SFBT uses the individual's strengths to overcome a problem or make constructive changes. The therapist is not considered an expert; rather the client assumes the role of the expert about his/her own problem. The scope of SFBT therapist is to assist the clients in making small, realistic, and achievable goals as soon as possible and helping them find the best ways to reach their goals.

— Filippo M. Forni, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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 Denver, CO
 

I work with parents of children with behavioral or developmental concerns to develop effective management and parenting strategies at home, and to coordinate with their child's school to develop effective management and intervention strategies.

— Jennifer Larson, Clinical Psychologist in Raleigh, NC