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Focusing on the positives: What to expect from SFBT

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Aug 28, 2017 1:01:38 PM

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Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a type of therapy that focuses on achieving goals rather than fixing problems. Using SFBT, a therapist works with you to identify a goal and emphasize the strengths you already possess that will help you achieve that goal. This approach is unique because the focus is not about fixing a specific problem, but about working towards your desired outcome. Rather than a question of if change will happen, SFBT asks when change will happen.

What can I expect from Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)?

In your first session, a therapist will find out what you’re hoping to achieve from your time together. You’ll work on creating a picture of what you would like your life to be like after reaching your goals. You might be asked to describe your ideal scenario if SFBT were successful. This way, you and your therapist have a clear understanding of what success means to you.

You’ll also work together to pinpoint the successes you have already had either in the past or present. The point of this is to emphasize the strengths you possess that can help you reach your goal. SFBT assumes that you are capable of making positive change, and your therapist is a guide to help you do it.

You might be asked what would be different about your life if you were successful in attaining your goal. SFBT is unique in that it is all about focusing on positives, rather than attempting to fix a problem.

Do I need SFBT?

SFBT is appropriate for people of all ages who are wanting to treat a variety of issues. SFBT can help treat behavioral problems, family dysfunction, addiction, and relationship problems, just to name a few. While not a cure, SFBT may also help people with depression improve their quality of life.

How does SFBT work?

SFBT can be used on its own or in conjunction with other therapeutic methods. It can be utilized as a therapeutic intervention or can supplement other forms of treatment.

The foundational concept of SFBT is the idea of exceptional moments - moments where you may feel positive, free of your problem, or managing your problem successfully. By focusing on these key moments, and working to identify what made them exceptional, you come away with a better sense of the practical ways you can work towards achieving your goal. SFBT emphasizes what you can do, rather than what you can’t.

How do I find a therapist that offers SFBT?

When you are trying to find the right therapist, read their bio to see if they are trained in SFBT. Additionally, asking things like, “What kind of training do you have?” and “What kind of treatment methods do you use?” will help you figure out what therapist is right for you. Regardless of who you choose, make sure you feel comfortable enough to be open with them about your experiences.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy can help you view your life with a more positive outlook and often improves the overall quality of your life. If you are looking for a counseling center that offers SFBT, contact one of our counseling center locations. We have counseling centers in Kissimmee, St. Cloud, and Longwood, Florida, as well as a counseling center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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