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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I love solution-focused therapy for its emphasis on finding and using your strengths to discover and change exactly what you want to change.

— Martin Hogan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

Solution Focused Brief Therapy is future-focused, goal-directed, and emphasizes solutions, rather than the history of problems that brought you in to seek therapy. It is especially useful for decreasing the complications of daily life and coping with temporary but powerful stressors.

— Julianna Taillon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fullerton, CA
 

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

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

— Danielle Eaton, Counselor
 

SFBT is a form of therapy focuses on solutions to problems or issues, and discovering the resources and strengths a person has, rather than focusing on the problem. SFBT is a future-oriented, goal-directed approach to solving immediate problems.

— Gina Zippo-Mazur, Licensed Professional Counselor in Jackson, NJ

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
 

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. 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

Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) is a strength-based approach to psychotherapy based on solution-building rather than problem-solving. Unlike other forms of psychotherapy that focus on present problems and past causes, SFBT concentrates on how your current circumstances and future hopes.

— Paul Bailey, Licensed Professional Counselor in Marion, AR
 

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

Several events may lead to individuals developing PTSD. However it should be emphasized that these events are not unique to the clients, but, the coping responses and attitudes are the uniqueness of every client. This is the foundation on which Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is based. It involves recognizing the uniqueness of clients’ strengths and focusing on these to navigate through reachable goals to the traumatic present.

— Dr. Howard Chusid, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Hallandale, FL
 

I believe that basing therapy on your personal experience is the most empowering and effective approach to create lasting change. I will recognize and highlight your innate strengths and help you build skills and tools that work best for you. Focusing on practical needs real results is always a priority in my practice.

— Heather Romero, Counselor in Atlanta, GA

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
 

I aim to help you find the skills and strengths you already have that can move you toward the changes you desire. It is important to feel empowered at each stage of change, and Solution Focused Therapy helps you create small, accomplishable steps so that you feel continued success. I have used Solution Focused Therapy for treating substance abuse and working with teenagers.

— Tierney McNulty, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

I enjoy helping people set goals and work towards achieving them. If you are motivated and put in the work between sessions, SFBT can help you make progress quickly and in a short time frame depending on your goals and what you are working towards.

— Lauren Kane, Licensed Professional Counselor
 

Completed continuing education course on Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

— Mandi Houser-Puschel, Counselor in Haddon Heights, NJ

You know what you need and what needs to be done to improve your current situation. Focus is on what you can do, not what you can't. Helping my clients to identify and clarify their goals along with tapping into their inner courage and strengths are key in my practice.

— Alisa Zachery, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,
 

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

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
 

A key tenet of Solution Focused Therapy is that you are the expert on you having lived your life since Day 1, and I as the therapist am "the new guy" to your life and circumstances. Therefore, I believe you will know what fits you and your life and what won't as we uncover possible solutions to what brings you to therapy in the first place. I will collaborate with you, and never dictate or force advice on you!

— Craig Black, Licensed Professional Counselor