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Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

What is Solution Focused Brief Therapy?


Solution Focused Therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on solutions rather than problems. It is based on the idea that, however distressing your problem is, there are times when the problem isn't happening. Whatever you are doing at these 'exceptional' times are the basis of a potential solution. Part of the solution focused practitioner's task is therefore to find out what you are already doing that might contribute to the resolution of the problem for which you are seeking help.


Another important aspect of solution focused therapy is the idea that knowing where you want to get to makes getting there much more likely. One of the common consequences of a serious problem is that it obstructs our view of the future. We know that we don't want the problem but we might not be able to see what it is we do want. Solution focused practitioners ask lots of questions about what life might be like if the problem was solved. As answers to these questions gradually unfold, both practitioner and client begin to get a picture of where they should be heading. The clearer this becomes, the greater the possibility of it beginning to happen.


These two ideas together make up solution focused brief therapy, widespread research has show to be effective in 65-83% of cases in an average of 4-5 sessions.





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