Unlike other forms of talk therapy that analyze past life events, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy focuses on finding solutions in the present time and exploring the possibilities of the future. It places a focus on the person’s strengths and a clear understanding of their goals.
The foundation of SFBT is setting goals. The therapist will work with clients to identify them and clarify how they would change the client’s life. It is a short-term approach to therapy that enhances positive feelings and provides hope. The belief that the solutions for most of the client’s issues lie within themselves is a core premise of SFBT. In this type of therapy, patients do not focus on the client’s weaknesses but instead, the client is regarded as a capable human being that possesses the solutions that they need to make a positive change.