Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Brief therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on areas of life in which the client wants to change. It does not focus on memories or past events, as many other therapies do. Instead, it looks at what is happening now and how the client can change their present situation to improve their future experiences.

In brief therapy, there is no need for extensive background information or complete disclosure by the client during sessions. The therapist works with whatever information they receive from the client and uses this information to address current situations and goals with exercises that are designed to help clients learn how to meet those goals more easily in daily life.

What is Solution-Focused Brief Therapy?

The main focus of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is on the present and future. The therapist and client work together to explore the client’s goals and create solutions for achieving them. The therapist does not try to change the way that the client thinks or feels this is a very different approach from traditional psychotherapy, which focuses on uncovering the root cause of problems. Solution-focused therapists help clients identify and achieve their goals as quickly as possible, but instead focus on helping them identify areas where they have control over their life, then help them develop new skills that will allow them to achieve those goals.

In addition to being a very effective treatment approach, SFBT is also flexible enough that it can be used with individuals, couples, and families seeking help with a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, or substance abuse issues as well as relationship difficulties such as marital problems or parent-child conflicts.

What does the therapist do in SFBT?

In SFBT, the therapist helps the patient to identify the problem and then collaboratively identifies a solution. The therapist also helps the patient to implement this solution and then evaluate its outcome.

In addition, CBT and SFBT have similar techniques. These include -Cognitive restructuring (changing the way you think about a situation) -Behavioral experiments (trying something new to see if it works).

How does Solution-Focused Brief Therapy work?

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is a short-term therapy. However, it’s not brief in the sense of being rushed or lacking depth or detail. In fact, SFBT is based on the principle that people have the resources to solve their own problems—they just need someone to help them see and embrace those resources.

A typical outcome from an SFBT session might be for you and your therapist to set some goals together at the end of your session: maybe one goal will be about something that happened in your life before you met with your therapist, such as “I want my daughter to stop losing her temper during our arguments,” while another goal might be about something happening now (e.g., “I want my husband to stop taking me for granted”). At this point in treatment, it’s important that these goals are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable/realistic/relevant/timely) so they can be easily implemented after leaving therapy when things get tough again.

Who can benefit from Solution-Focused Brief Therapy?

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is a unique and effective form of therapy. It can be utilized to help people with a wide range of issues, such as depression, anxiety, and anger management.

While anyone can benefit from this therapy technique, it’s not for everyone. If you have recently been diagnosed with a mental health disorder or have had previous negative experiences with therapy then SFBT may not be right for you at this time. For those who are open to trying something different from traditional methods of therapy though, I would highly recommend giving SFBT a try!

SFBT is also beneficial because it doesn’t require any prior experience or qualifications to practice as it focuses on building skills instead of analyzing problems in-depth as many other types do.

SFBT helps people with everyday problems and helps them deal with them in a positive way.

SFBT helps people with everyday problems and helps them deal with them in a positive way. The therapist doesn’t spend time trying to figure out why the problem started or what caused it — instead, they focus on finding solutions to get out of the problem now. SFBT is useful for people who want to change but feel stuck or discouraged about making changes in their life. It’s also useful for those who have depression or anxiety disorders that prevent them from making changes in their lives.


We hope this article has given you an understanding of what Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is and how it can help people. If you’re interested in learning more about this therapeutic approach, we recommend taking a look at our blog posts on the topic.