Solution Focused Therapy

Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) is a new and increasingly used therapeutic approach that focuses on helping clients construct solutions rather than solve problems.


  • short term therapy averaging between 2.9 and 4.6 sessions
  • Solution talk not problem talk by focusing on exceptions to when the problem is present
  • 65.6% of clients meet their goals. 18 month follow up indicates 86% of clients reached their goals

Five studies were well-controlled and all showed positive outcomes–four found SFBT to be better than no treatment or standard institutional services, and one found SFBT to be comparable to a known intervention: Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression (IPT).

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