Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a goal-oriented and future-focused approach that highlights solutions rather than problems in a client’s life. The approach utilizes a collaborative structure, where the therapist and client work together to move through any presenting challenges.
SFBT involves therapists carefully observing and asking constructed questions that help clients redirect their challenges, develop goals and solutions, and amplify their successes. Solution-oriented therapists begin with the assumption that clients have some knowledge of the ways that they can makes their lives better. With this knowledge, clients and therapists work towards developing appropriate solutions and realistic goals for the future. Given this framework, SFBT is generally brief in duration.
Techniques such as looking for past solutions and successes, exploring coping strategies, discussing exceptions to the problems and future-focused questions help clients move from an observer of their challenges into an active participant in their overall growth.
SFBT can benefit any individual overcoming life challenges that have impacted their lives. In addition, SFBT can be used effectively for couples and family challenges. Research has shown the significant benefits of utilizing SFBT for issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and life transitions.