What in the World is SFBT?

SFBT sounds like a tongue-twister (Say it three times quickly!) but it really stands for solution-focused brief therapy, another evidence-based therapy.  In SFBT you will focus on your goals, not on the past, and not on problems or symptoms. The therapist will collaborate with you to help you find what works.  You may have skills you have successfully used before, or you may be able to develop new skills. The therapist will ask a lot of questions to help you find the solutions that work for you. SFBT is brief therapy. When you have the solutions in place and are comfortable sustaining them, therapy will end unless you have a different issue to work on. Often the practice of finding solutions will equip you to deal with new issues on your own. If you want to learn more, check out books by Steve de Shazer or Insoo Kim Berg.


Berg, Insoo Kim and Szabo, Peter. (2005). Brief Coaching for Lasting Solutions. New York: WW Norton.

De Shazer, Steve. (1985). Keys to Solution in Brief Therapy. New York: Norton and Company.

De Shazer, Steve and Dolan, Yvonne. (2012). More than Miracles. New York: Routledge.


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