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 uses specific strategies to help you make the change you want, on your terms (not the therapist). I received specific training in these strategies.

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

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

Depending on the circumstances we don't always have to focus on the problem necessarily. Shifting our attention from focusing on the specific problem to possible solutions to the problem can be more beneficial in certain cases.

— Alicia Richardson, Licensed Professional Counselor

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

Sometimes our minds meander and wander in search of solutions to poorly defined problems. The role of solution focused therapy is to clear up confusion about what the problem is, define its characteristics, find applicable solutions and support you in exercising these solutions. I have worked many decades utilizing this strategy for a wide range of problems for my clients.

— Foad Afshar, Psychotherapist in Manchester, NH

Solution Focused is another favorite of mine. Working on manageable, measurable goals that support you feeling successful and reminding you of strengths you already have is my jam.

— Annie Buxbaum, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA

Sometimes someone just wants brief support to get through an immediate challenge. Solution Focused Brief Therapy can help someone through an immediate challenge in a relatively small number of sessions (usually 10 or less). I am happy to offer this form of support.

— Caera Gramore, Mental Health Practitioner in Arlington, WA

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

I help clients see how their strengths can be applied to make changes in their lives. We'll explore not only what has worked well in the past, but what may have worked well at one time but is no longer serving you, and work toward a ulfilling future.

— Christa Cummins, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

It is a treatment approach that helps people move forward in life. As a solution-focused brief therapist, I would help you gain clarity, describe what change will look like for you, begin to move closer to your description of change, and notice the subtle yet powerful changes you make as they move closer to your desired outcome.

— Destini Kirkwood, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in , WA

My last 6 years of agency work has trained me in a short term therapy modality. I have gone through several trainings in SFT throughout the years with emphasis on depression and anxiety.

— Libni Lopez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oberlin, OH

There can be crisis situations where something happens and it is difficult to understand. Solution focused treatment and help us pinpoint what is happening, what has changed, and how we can get back to the norm that we are accustomed to. Exploring triggers and creating a toolkit of coping skills can help decrease overwhelming feelings and help someone through serious and conflicting situations.

— Patricia Alvarado, EMDR Therapist, Psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA