Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” -- Edmund Hillary

SFBT is a goal-directed treatment that focuses on the client’s present and future directions. Compared to traditional psychotherapy, SFBT does not spend time exploring the past, but rather, focuses on identifying and developing a vision for one’s future. SFBT works on identifying specific goals and exploring possible solutions to make positive changes in one’s life. SFBT also helps empower the individual to identify areas of resiliency in their own life. The therapist can help the client to recognize the skills and resources the individual already has or what resources they can further cultivate in order to achieve their goals. 


In SFBT, the client is considered the expert of their life and situation, the therapist helps encourage the individual to envision solving their problem and what change would look like in their life, if things were solved. Then the therapist and client work collaboratively to identify ways to solve their problems and steps toward achieving their goals.