Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is a collaborative and goal-oriented therapeutic approach that emphasizes finding solutions to problems in the present and future, rather than analyzing the past. It is based on the belief that individuals have the internal resources to create positive change and that solutions can be discovered through focused conversations.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy


Solution-Focused Brief Therapy emerged in the 1980s as an alternative to traditional psychotherapy models. Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg, and their colleagues at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee created it.SFBT has since gained popularity and has been applied across various settings, including individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, and organizational consulting.

Focus theme / core-concept

The core concept of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy revolves around the belief that individuals possess strengths, resources, and the ability to create solutions to their problems. The focus is on identifying and amplifying these strengths and resources to facilitate positive change. SFBT emphasizes a future-oriented approach, exploring goals, and identifying small steps that can lead to progress.


Positive Focus: Shifts the focus towards solutions and strengths, fostering a more optimistic and hopeful outlook, which can contribute to improved emotional well-being

Sustainable Resilience: Acquire effective coping skills and strategies that can be readily applied to future challenges, promoting long-term resilience and adaptability in various aspects of life.

Rapid Progress: Experience efficient and effective improvements in a shorter timeframe, enabling you to see tangible results and positive changes sooner.

Solution-Centered Mindset: Cultivate a proactive and solution-oriented perspective, empowering you to focus on achievable solutions and strategies rather than getting stuck in the complexities of problems.

Increased Motivation: Feel inspired to take proactive steps toward goals, fostering a sense of motivation and determination to overcome obstacles and achieve positive outcomes.


Setting Concrete Goals: Collaboratively establish specific and achievable objectives to provide clarity and direction for the client's desired outcomes.

Cultivating Solution-Oriented Thinking: Encourage clients to focus on their strengths and potential solutions rather than dwelling on problems, fostering a proactive and optimistic mindset.

Enhancing Coping Strategies: Develop practical and effective coping mechanisms that empower clients to manage challenges and build resilience in the face of adversity.

Promoting Client Self-Efficacy: Foster a sense of confidence and belief in the client's ability to create positive change, nurturing a strong sense of self-efficacy and empowerment.

Encouraging Accountability: Support clients in taking responsibility for their actions and choices, fostering a sense of ownership and accountability in their personal growth and progress.


Scaling: Clients rate their current situation and their progress toward their goals on a scale, helping to identify incremental improvements and areas for further development.

Exception Finding: Exploring times when the problem is less intense or absent, identifying what was different during those times, and using that information to develop strategies for change.

Miracle Question: Inviting clients to imagine their life without the problem and describing in detail what their preferred future would look like. This helps to establish goals and elicit a vision for change.

Scaling Questions: Asking clients to rate their level of progress towards their goals and exploring what has contributed to their progress, as well as identifying additional steps they can take.

Solution-Focused Language: Using solution-focused language and reframing techniques to redirect the focus from problems to solutions, strengths, and resources.