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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A basic tenant of SFBT is figuring out what works and doing more of it. It utilizes optimism, logic facts and actions to help us navigate through challenges. SFBT emphasizes that people already possess the resources they need to change; we just need to get back in contact with them.

— Damon Dodge, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Creating a setting of measurable changeable goals can help establish future-forward thinking from the present. Issues need to be present and dealt with as a marathon, not a sprint that can cause us to loose focus on what we really want.

— Heath Tolleson, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in New Braunfels, TX

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

An important piece of therapy is to find the answers to assist clients in achieving their goals. Solution focused therapy allows for the client to explore different solutions while gaining an understanding of their needs and wants. In utilizing solution focused therapy I work with my client's to take the time to identify useful techniques to further develop clients confidence.

— Kayla Kalousdian, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

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, Psychotherapist in Colorado Springs, CO

The foundation of SFBT is the imagination. "What do you want?" is consistently one of the most difficult questions for my clients to answer. Many of us, especially the most marginalized of us, have been taught that what we want either doesn't matter or makes us bad, so we repress our desires in order to survive. Healing is the necromantic process of killing the false you in order to resurrect your dreams. If you had the power to transform your life, what would it look like? Your answer matters.

— Luce O'Steen, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Having worked in a fast paced, higher education setting for 6 years, brief solution oriented interventions was the norm in supporting a large student body. When you're in need of a solution, you might feel challenged, uncertain, and uncomfortable. What's the best choice? What's the right way? It's a lot to consider. Having a neutral person to hear you out and guide you to a solution that works for you can save a lot of time and worry. This approach can be used in individual and group sessions.

— Leah Singer, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

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.

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

We developed an intensive four weeks long therapeutic program for FTs and HCWs to help manage wellness, rebuild resilience, and take back control by learning to identify and manage triggers in a constructive manner.

— Nataly Kuznetsov, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in NAPA, CA

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is an evidence-based, goal-oriented therapy approach that focuses on now and the future without exploring the history of the issue. SFBT focuses on your strengths on how to move forward, and strays away from highlighting your past and what you are not able to achieve. In this approach, you are the expert of your life and deep down, know exactly what you need in order to reach your most authentic self.

— Kalyn Goudreau, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I provide brief solution-focused therapy with almost all medication management appointments. We will review current stressors, learn coping skills, reflect on your current self, and create goals to move your life forward in the direction you want.

— Chaney Reel Davis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in PORTLAND, OR

With over 20 years of experience across diverse populations and diagnoses, I specialize in Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). This approach leverages my expertise in utilizing assessment tools to identify and resolve problems efficiently. My proficiency in SFBT is tailored to those seeking rapid, effective solutions, reflecting the higher price point for the value of expedited and focused therapeutic outcomes.

— Bryce Gibbs PhD, Clinical Psychologist in austin, TX

Just as this sounds, we are working together to come to a solution that address your need.

— Heidi De Leon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, 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

Having a hard time deciding if it's time to move mom into memory care? Let alone which one? I have so many resources, checklists, information, and strategies to help you. Stuck on trying to decide if you want resuscitation and need to complete your advanced directive before an upcoming surgery? Let's talk about the pros and cons. Therapy doesn't have to go on and on and on. Sometimes we can together identify exactly what you need and do that. You are always welcome to come back as needed.

— Tamara Statz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Saint Paul, MN

Hi! We all want solutions, right? I like to make sure that we are on the right track by testing options for new patterns and routines. We keep what works and ditch the rest. Building a new lifestyle is hard. It's so easy to just fall back into old patterns. Step by step we can integrate our behaviors into a whole new way of being if we just practice what works.

— Kara Jean Brei, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Phoenix, AZ