Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a goal-oriented and strengths-based therapeutic approach that focuses on finding solutions to specific problems rather than delving into the detailed analysis of the problem itself. Developed primarily by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg in the 1980s, SFBT is a brief and practical form of therapy that aims to help individuals, couples, families, and groups identify and build on their existing strengths and resources to create positive change. Key components and principles of SFBT include:

  • Short-term therapy
  • Collaborative and client-centered
  • Strengths-focused
  • Framing and reframing problems
  • Action-oriented planning
  • Feedback and validation
  • Minimal focus on problem origins
  • Measuring progress