Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a practical, future-focused, goal-directed theoretical approach to counseling that focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy. SFBT approaches can be utilized to support clients who may be experiencing a range of challenges and is most often used to address concerns for which the client already has some idea of possible solutions. In SFBT, the client is considered the “expert” on their concerns, and the therapist encourages the individual to envision their solution, or what change would look like, and then outline the steps necessary to solve problems and achieve goals. Goal-setting is at the foundation of SFBT; one of the first steps is to identify and clarify your goals. The therapist will begin by questioning what you hope to get out of working with him or her and how, specifically, your life would change when steps were taken to resolve problems. By answering these types of questions, you can begin to identify solutions and come up with a plan for change. All therapy is a form of specialized conversations. With SFBT, the conversation is directed toward developing and achieving the client’s vision of solutions.
Techniques that are specific to SFBT utilized to clarify those solutions and the means of achieving them include:
- Miracle questions
- Coping Questions
- Presupposing Change
Solution-focused therapy puts problem-solving at the forefront of the conversation and can be particularly useful for clients who need help solving a particular problem (or problems). SFBT sessions are structured to ensure that the therapist and the client are focused on solutions and achieving client goals, which in turn ensures that each and every session is productive. If you or someone you know would benefit from solution-focused brief therapy, please contact us today. We would be happy to speak with you about how we may be able to help.