Solution-Focused Brief Therapy / SFBT

Focusing On The Present

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

 Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a short-term therapy that focuses on a person’s present and future circumstances and goals, rather than past experiences. In this goal-oriented therapy, the symptoms or issues bringing a person to therapy are typically not targeted.

SFBT uses positive principles to help clients change their framework to a solution-based perspective. It emphasizes positive emotion eliciting and future-orientated problem solving to achieve and sustain desired behavioral changes.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy techniques include:

  • Pre-session change
  • Problem-free talk
  • Exception questions
  • Do one thing different
  • Scaling questions
  • Coping questions
  • Breaks

What is the MIRACLE QUESTION? The miracle question is an intervention used to explore clients' hidden resources or solutions for their present problems. When therapists ask a miracle question, they build a good story line and lead the clients to envision how different their life would be if a miracle happened over night.

The focus is on the client’s health rather than the problem, on strengths rather than weaknesses or deficits, and on skills, resources and coping abilities that would help in reaching future goals.

Clients describe what they want to happen in their lives (solutions) and how they will use personal resources to solve their problems. Clients are encouraged to believe that positive changes are always possible and are encouraged to increase the frequency of current useful behaviors.

SFBT is a short-term, goal-focused therapy process that offers clear, concise and practical solutions for many clients.

How do you know if Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is right for you?

Let’s talk. At The Magnolia Institute, we will work together to see if Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is the best approach for you moving forward.

The following therapists are trained in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT): 

Types of Treatment

We offer an array of therapy options for individuals, families and couples.

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