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.

Local Experts in Solution Focused Brief Therapy

I have worked in hospital and agency settings and as an Employee Assistance Plan provider. These experiences have taught me how to use brief time with people to focus on immediate coping, processing and resource support needs.

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.

Having worked with many individuals either in the throes of crisis or just coming out of crisis-situations, I am practiced in the methods of solutions-focused brief therapy. \'First things first,\' could be a mantra of this theory, as it avoids the problems with which you have become so invested, in an interest of emphasizing solutions.

Finding and amplifying your strengths, skills, and resources

I received clinical supervision in SFBT and find it effective in dealing with many of life's challenges. Through solution focused questions, clients begin to pay attention to times when they are problem-free or more able to cope with the problem. By changing their view, they tap into strengths and resources and begin discovering actions that bring possibility for change.

Solution focused therapy utilizes your current strengths to support your desired changes. This approach to therapy allows us to create goals that are clear, concise, and realistic.

My orientation is pragmatic and my interest in therapy is helping you get access to the tools and information you need. Typically people come in for a series of sessions and then return whenever they feel the need for a check-in or when they hit another bump in the road. We are always collaborating when it comes to deciding how long it makes sense for us to work together.

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.

I tend to focus on solutions to problems so that attention and 'fuel' that has kept the problem ablaze is diminished. This also takes the focus off of any notion that the client is the problem, and refocuses sessions back to honing in on solutions. This generates an overall sense of empowerment and momentum toward positive change, and is quite brief as far as the number of sessions required.

Short term therapy focused on changing your life quickly. This method is for people who are interested in dealing with their current situations and does not deal with processing the past.

This is the first theory I ever learned. I think I was drawn to it because it focuses on a person\'s strengths and resolving issues quickly. For these reasons, I love to use this therapy in sessions.

\'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.

It may be difficult to imagine the last day of therapy. However, my goal is to help you get to the point when you decide 'I got what I came for and I don't need to come back for another session.' While it is may be important to describe the problems you are having or have had, what will your life look like when these problems are no longer problems?

Change can happen!

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.

If you are struggling with a specific issue, SFBT is effective in finding an effective way to address it.

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

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.

trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy to help obtain relief quickly.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Solution-Focused therapists believe that people already possess the solutions to their problems, yet problem-focused thinking has made those solutions harder to identify. Rather than take a problem-focused approach, solution-focused therapists explore exceptions to the problem, previous successes, and client strengths to bring solutions to the forefront.

A solution focused approach to therapy allows you to find the unique tasks and practices in their life that can help to build and maintain forward progress.

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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