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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SFBT helps the client identify an issue and together, with the therapist, work towards that goal.

— Ana Cristina Uribe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sometimes you need to attend therapy just to address a single and specific issue. I am well-versed in Solution Focused Brief Therapy to help you get back on your feet quickly.

— Sara Busick, Licensed Master of Social Work in Meridian, ID

SFBT gets motivated clients focused on solutions -- quick solutions that are sustainable over time. SFBT doesn't spend a great deal of time wondering about how you were potty trained. It focuses on the here and now, and gets problems solved.

— LauraMaery Gold, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Renton, WA

Therapy is not forever. It is important to help people now (for the appropriate course of treatment needed). Asking questions to help with insight, helping to think about the future and any blocks we may have can be useful. Sometimes having a few new tools is enough to get you started and you may see more immediate changes.

— Monica Cagayat, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Bothell, WA

I work on short term problems with people, through 6-8 week sessions to get their life back on track. The goal is to work on whatever is impairing them in the moment and return them to their normal functioning.

— Stacia Narasky, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Orange, 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

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

I've worked at primary care clinics with a focus on Integrated Behavioral Health (Iora Health, and Legacy Medical Group). Integrated behavioral health is focused short term brief interventions. This modality is great for clients who want to work on a specific issue. It is goal oriented and focused on what is concerning the client in the present moment. The clients strengths are assessed and incorporated into the treatment. Sessions can be brief or intermittent.

— Debbie Yoro, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , OR

Solution Focused Therapy is a short-term and goal-focused evidenced-based approach that focuses on exploring solutions, exploring a person's strengths and abilities, and is based on the present and future goals a person comes to therapy with. This can be achieved by eliciting the person's strengths and their successful experiences with solving problems as the client is seen as the expert on their own life.

— Justine Moore, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX

Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) is a future-oriented, goal-directed approach to solving human problems of living. The focus is on the client's health rather than the problem, on strengths rather than weaknesses or deficits, and on skills, resources, and coping abilities that would help in reaching future goals

— Dr. Matthew Meyers, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Calabasas, CA

Even though I'm a trauma therapist and ready to help you sort through the past if you're ready, I also believe in the power of concrete, actionable steps that you can take today to shift your emotions, relationships, and behavior patterns. Finding solutions that work is an important part of change and one that I enjoy immensely in my practice. So, if you're sick of talking and want to skip to finding something that works for you, Solution Focused Therapy is proven to help.

— Ariel Morado, Counselor in Austin, TX

This approach focuses on solutions that point out what is working and possible areas where things could be done differently to help. With this approach, we do not concentrate or spend sessions discussing what brought you in, but rather what life will be like for you once therapy has worked for you.

— Katherine Traxler-LaFrance, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Humble, TX

I work with each client to focus on the solutions that already have, but perhaps need to reactivate. We use your strengths and create specific goals to work towards.

— Leah Murphy, Marriage & Family Therapist in Silver Spring, MD

When we feel boxed in and we don't know where to turn, finding someone to talk to, focusing on a solution to the problem(s) at hand can be the best course of action. If you want someone on your side who has years of experience helping clients with different types of problems, reach out to me to see how we can work together.

— Dr. David Shoup, Psychologist in Pacifica, CA

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