Solution Focused Brief Therapy
By: Cynthia Ebere-Anaba
Updated: 15 July 2016
With an ever expanding catalogue of therapeutic approaches to consider, it can often be troublesome to choose which type of therapy you would feel most comfortable with.
MyMind will help make this process as easy as possible – this week, we are focusing on Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
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Solution Focused Brief Therapy promotes positive change by encouraging clients to focus positively on what they do well and to set goals and work out how to achieve them. As few as three or four sessions may be beneficial.
With Solution Focused Brief Therapy, the conversation is directed toward developing and achieving the client’s vision of solutions.
This method of therapy is future-focused, goal-directed and focuses on solutions rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy.
The “Miracle Question” is often embraced when using this form of therapy. It involves envisioning what your life would be like if the problem that brought you to therapy would be gone. It is used as a building block at first, with small achievable goals set in place to help motivate the client to produce solution states.
The next step is to identify the most recent times when the client has had small pieces of miracles (called exceptions) and get them to repeat these forgotten experiences.
SBFT does not use confrontation or interpretation, given its equivalent effectiveness, shorter duration, and more benign approach. SFBT is considered to be an excellent first-choice evidenced-based psychotherapy approach for most psychological, behavioural, and relational problems.
It can be used to address a wide spectrum of issues, ranging from couples counselling to family therapy to youth intervention who are experiencing behavioural concerns. It has been proven to benefit individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and age groups.
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