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 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

I learned this approach in my masters program and have worked with it since, and have attended trainings in this area.

— Margaret Keig, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Maitland, FL

You likely have many strengths, but you might not be feeling like they're being used to their fullest. I love helping clients put their strengths to work. Solution Focused Brief Therapy is great for clients who are looking to boost their motivation and solve the problems that are getting in their way. Change is possible and the process can start now!

— Lauren Borkowski, Counselor in Longmont, CO

This type of therapy is designed with a busy, short term client in mind. This method allows us to focus on the skills you already have rather than developing a whole new set- and empowers you to incorporate these skills most effectively NOW. Most clients who choose this modality complete it within 4-6 sessions.

— Elizabeth Reed, Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

Completed continuing education course on Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

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

I have been incorporating a solution focused approach to my therapy since working as a family preservation worker in 2000. I have also use a solution focused genogram in helping individuals see some of the positive aspects of their family constellation. This is particularly helpful when looking for support or trying to find strategies that have been effective in the past in the individual's life.

— Gina/GinaMarie Dattilo, Psychologist in Exton, PA

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

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 are techniques to find the exception to the rule. I lean on the strength Of you to identify how you’ve solved problems or struggles in the past. I call upon your resilience to better understand the ways you cope.

— Kieran Mcmonagle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Bainbridge Island, 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

I have training and expertise in this approach, blended with other evidence-based brief therapy approaches, that allows us to Gert right to there heart of the issue and make significant progress in a short period of time.

— Alicia Ferris, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Olympia, WA

Solution Focused Brief Therapy focuses on addressing what clients want to achieve without severely exploring the history and provenance of problem(s). Solution Focused therapy sessions typically focus on the present and future, focusing on the past only to the degree necessary for communicating empathy and accurate understanding of the client's concerns. (Wikipedia)

— Jessica VerBout, Marriage & Family Therapist in Minnetonka, MN

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

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