Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), also called solution focused therapy, is a therapeutic approach that focuses on solutions, rather than on problems. Based on social constructionist philosophies, SFBT looks at the goals clients want to achieve instead of on past difficulties. SFBT encourages clients to identify what works for them and to do more of it, building on their personal skills and strengths. As the name implies, SFBT generally only lasts a short amount of time, around 3-5 sessions.

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Erika Nelson (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I have years of experience in working with intensive situations to create efficient stabilization. I am used to working with urgency and tight timelines to achieve results that are outcome focused.

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Chris Lehman

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I both trained and practiced Brief Therapy at Portland State Universities Graduate School of Counseling. Brief therapy is sometimes the most effective tool for change in the therapy setting. I often use brief therapy within the larger counseling relationship to help clients see identified problems as opportunities.

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Gudmund Lee

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

'Solution Focused' means I try to help keep us focused on where we're trying to get to, and not dwelling on where we've been (in treatment). 'Brief' means we try to stay focused on a particular issue until resolution is achieved.

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Christa Cummins

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I help clients to see how their strengths can be applied to effect change in their lives. We'll explore not only what has worked well in the past, but what may have worked well at one time but is no longer serving you, and work toward change.

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Heather Sherman

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

As a clinical social worker, my training was mostly focused in this type of therapy.

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Sam Wilson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, LCSW-C

Solution focused therapy is one of the fundamental techniques underlying the social work worldview. Therapy is often at it's most effective and efficient when it is built around goal-setting, identifying your strengths, and breaking down a problem into manageable steps. Once you start checking items off your list, you will realize that you have the strength to overcome the seemingly overwhelming.

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Maxine Burton

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I received training in this approach earlier in my career and continue to find it to be a useful approach to utilize, depending on the issue(s) that are being addressed.

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Laura La Rosa (She/Her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MA, MSW, LCSW

There is no better time than now to focus on a solution to your problem so that you can feel better sooner than later. I whole heartedly believe that you already have the innate capacity to solve your problems right now. Our work together will uncover what you already know so that you can move in the direction you want to go in your life. Lets get started it won’t take long.

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Richard Marshall

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

M.A., LMFT

I have enjoyed using Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) since I began practicing. SFBT uses the client's own goals as a motivation for change. Therapy is therefore custom tailored to the individual client. SFBT harnesses the transformative power of the client's own strengths and interests, and builds upon ways the client may already be solving their own problem.

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Audrianna J. Gurr (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC License and CADCI certificate, CDWF certificate

Our work can be centered on identifying and working towards resolution on a current or persistent issue that is interfering with your current life healthy balance. Sometimes this may lead to deeper unpacking of issues but, initially it is about problem solving and stability.

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Joan Laguzza, LCSW Joie PDX Counseling

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

This style of therapy is designed to provide a quick resolution to a specific problem. It can identify existing strengths and help determine how to use them to resolve issues and attain goals. I am a creative problem solver and enjoy helping others realize their potential to create solutions to establish balance and wellbeing in their lives.

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Camille Keith, MS, NCC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, NCC

As a crisis counselor, I regularly use solution focused approaches to help clients being to make changes. I recognize that you can start feeling better without reviewing your childhood history.

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Mark Burton, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

For harsh criticism or conflict in your relationship, SFT provides a refreshingly respectful and upbeat approach to solving problems and rebuilding mutual fondness. Its brief focus mirrors the research finding that some couples benefit greatly from very brief interventions. I’ve studied SFT since 1993, received training from both of its co-founders, and taught SFT to graduate-level therapists.

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Fayanna Johnson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MSW, LCSW

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DeShawn Williams

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

For individuals or families needing to talk about the challenges they are faced with which can be more crisis oriented or time limited will benefit from a more solution focused or problem-solving approach. I work to focus on the challenges at hand rather the past. In addition I work to assist with getting families to their desired goals in their desired time frame.

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Patrick Harvey

Licensed Professional Counselor

Leaning on insights from William Glasser's Choice Theory approach melds nicely with the solution focused brief therapy. Each person's need for fun, freedom, survival, belonging, and power steers their behavior. When those aren't satisfied dysfunction arises. How can what you want and what you have reconcile so as not to impair your quality world? Find out.

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Rebecca Bradley

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sometimes a client is not ready or interested in a long-term therapy that unpacks their history. Solution Focused Brief Therapy aims to enable a client to take basic and meaningful steps to achieve a specific short-term goal.

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Priscilla Gilbert

Finding and amplifying your strengths, skills, and resources

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Lorraine McKenzie (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Change can happen!

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