As the name suggests, SFBT is brief, future-focused, goal-directed, and focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy. At Austin Trauma Therapy Center, we typically spend much of our time focusing on the solution, rather than the issue. At ATTC, the conversation is directed toward developing and achieving the client’s vision of solutions. Additionally, during treatment, we learn that most people have previously solved many, many problems and probably have some ideas of how to solve the current problem. To help clients see these potential solutions we may ask, “Are there times when this has been less of a problem?” or “What did you (or others) do that was helpful?”
How does it work?
SFBT, which aims to help people experiencing difficulty find tools they can use immediately to manage symptoms and cope with challenges, it is grounded in the belief that although individuals may already have the skills to create change in their lives, they often need help identifying and developing those skills. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is one of our favorite approaches!
SFBT can be used to treat a wide range of current issues. It is most often used to address daily challenges in which the person in therapy already has some idea of possible solutions. Because this modality focuses on solutions to issues, rather than the underlying causes, it may be more effective at treating less complex concerns, unlike trauma-related issues.
Research has also shown SFBT may be a helpful intervention for youth who are experiencing behavioral concerns or academic/school-related concerns. It has also proven effective as an approach to family therapy and couples counseling. This method is often used in conjunction with other approaches.