Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

What is Solution-Focus Brief Therapy (SFBT)?

Solution Focus Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a short-term, time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on what clients want to achieve in therapy. Therapists rarely confront their clients and do not make interpretations. Instead, they focus on assisting clients in identifying their goals and what life would be like when problems are solved or coped with effectively.

Who Benefits from SFBT?

SFBT has been empirically proven to be effective for most psychological, behavioral, and relational problems.

What is the First Step?

Counselling is not a ‘one size fit all’ process. It is important for the Specialist to have a comprehensive understanding of the needs and preferences of the individual client. Therefore, an intake interview is the first step to a successful and rewarding counselling experience.

What does SFBT Consist of?

This goal-oriented therapy requires collaboration between the therapist and the client. In this approach, therapists have uncompromising belief that their clients are the expert in knowing what works best for them. By observing the client’s responses to a number of precisely constructed questions, the therapist seeks to find evidence of previous solutions and exceptions to the problem. The therapist maintains a focus on the present or the future when asking questions and is responsible for complimenting their client when they do what works for them even though they have experienced obstacles. Small successes are identified and compliments are used to emphasize the client’s strengths and resources. Throughout this process, the therapist facilitates the client’s movement towards their goals and better future.