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Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

What kind of therapy is it?

SFBT is based on social constructionist principles - the idea that our experience of things is shaped by how we talk about them.

What problems can it help with?

SFBT aims to help with any kind of problem, such as stress, depression, and anxiety.

How does it work?

SFBT is based on two simple ideas. First, that there are times when our problems do not bother us so much, and that we can notice and build upon those times. Second, that having a clear idea of where you want to get to makes it much easier to get there. SFBT focuses on the present and future, not the past, inviting clients to notice what they are already doing that is helpful and to do more of it, and to think in detail about what life would be like if their problem were solved.

What is a typical session like?

SFBT therapists are collaborative and supportive. They will not focus upon your past experiences, but rather will gently encourage you to think about potential solutions to your problem, both in your current behaviour and in your future.

What is the evidence?

There have been 77 empirical studies of SFBT’s effectiveness, two meta-analyses, and two systematic reviews. SFBT has been found to be about as effective as other evidence-based therapies.

Further reading:
Solution Focused Net
Amazon: Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life


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