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Solution Focused Therapy

What Is Solution- Focus Brief Therapy?

Solution-focused (brief) therapy (SFBT)[ is a goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change. It focuses on addressing what clients want to achieve without exploring the history and provenance of problem(s).


SF therapy sessions typically focus on the present and future, focusing on the past only to the degree necessary for communicating empathy and accurate understanding of the client's concerns.

SFBT is future-oriented and goal-oriented interviewing technique that helps clients "build solutions."


Elliot Connie defines solution building as "a collaborative language process between the client(s) and the therapist that develops a detailed description of the client(s)' preferred future/goals and identifies exceptions and past successes".  By doing so, SFBT focuses on clients' strengths and resilience.

Experiencing the solution focused brief therapy

  • The therapist  focus on identifying the client's goals, generating a detailed description of what life will be like when the goal is accomplished and the problem is either gone or coped with satisfactorily.

  • By helping people identify positive directions for change in their life, the therapist helps clients construct a concrete vision of a preferred future for themselves.

  • The SFBT therapist supports clients to identify times in their life when things matched more closely with the future they prefer. By bringing small successes to awareness, and supporting clients to repeat their successful choices and behaviors, when the problem is not there or less severe.

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