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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Solution-focused therapy uses targeted strategies to help you reach your goals (not the therapists) by identifying and utilizing your own ideas and abilities. I have advanced training with these strategies.

— Christina Cunningham, Mental Health Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

I have extensively studied and used Solution Focused Brief Therapy since 2006. I wrote my graduate dissertation on it. I firmly believe we have the internal skills and resources to truly thrive, we just need some help figuring them out.

— Sarah Bonilla, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redlands, CA

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

Focusing not on the problem or how it may have developed, but focusing on new behaviors, problem-solving skills, and a mindset that moves one toward solutions and the changes they desire.

— Jerry Ochoa, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Turlock, CA

After working at a crisis stabilization mental health hospital for 5+ years I quickly adapted to providing effective therapy efficiently.

— Danielle Eaton, Counselor

I had a training seminar on this type of therapy, and I believe it is the easiest way to help reinforce clients that they are the experts of their own problems, and have within themselves the power to find solutions.

— Charleen Gonzalez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Miami, FL

I use a solutions-focused approach to help you identify your strengths and work toward your goals. I provide time each session to reflect on what was most helpful, and clarify what you want to work on between sessions.

— Camille Keith, Licensed Professional Counselor in Beaverton, OR

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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , WA

Solution Focused Therapy has been helpful to aid clients in developing solutions for situations that cause mental health changes. We will discuss options to aid you in making the best decision for your lifestyle. After all, you are the expert for you! I just help you to navigate your ship!

— Natasha Lamb, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Jacksonville, FL

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

If you want to get right to the point, our work with solution-focused therapy is for you. Working towards your miracle is the center of our focus, and we address obstacles that keep you from reaching that dream. I've been using this as long as I have been practicing, having my foundational skills from my MSW Education, and have employed from the simplest issues to complex cases

— Timothy Kelly, Clinical Social Worker in Auroa, CO

I aim to help people experiencing difficulty find tools they can use immediately to manage symptoms and cope with challenges.

— Chrishina Scott, Licensed Professional Counselor in Sandy Springs, GA

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

Sometimes we don't need years of therapy. Sometimes we need help with working through a current issue that may be a sticking point. I have had training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and it can be very effective for certain individuals.

— Jacalyn Wetzel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am committed to helping clients improve their well being and gain self knowledge and awareness in order to create meaningful, joyful, lives. Each person's therapy is individualized collaborative and strength based.

— Gwen Lotery, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

Solution Focused Brief Therapy is a present-centered modality that focuses less on the "whys" of a problem and more on what are you going to do about it and how are you going to get there. This method of therapy spends less time looking at the past, with a greater emphasis on the future. While insight into causes are of interest, the question remains of what one must now do when insight alone is not curative. Solution focused therapy helps clients create a plan of action through new behaviors.

— Paul Chilkov, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA