Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution Focused Brief Therapy is a strength-based form of psychotherapy. Originally developed by Kim Berg and Steve DeShazer in the 1970s and 1980s, the foundation of this therapy is to see what is going right with the client rather than focusing on what might be wrong. Whenever someone thinks about getting psychotherapy, it is to deal with the challenges and negativities of life. Though we cannot ignore the challenges we are facing at the moment, but SFBT is all about shifting the attention from negative aspects of life towards the things that are actually working out in a great manner but we often ignore them.

How to find a Solution Focused Brief Therapist

If you are looking to find the perfect Solution Focused Brief Therapist it is crucial to make sure that they have the appropriate qualifications, knowledge and experience. At Expat Therapy 4U we only accept therapists who have full professional proficiency in English and are highly experienced in working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds. The clinicians we approve share our values and commitment to provide high quality therapy to the expatriate community in the private sector across Europe and online worldwide. We strongly believe that therapy changes lives, and being accredited ensures all our therapists are qualified to a high standard. You can find a Solution Focused Brief Therapist who is insured to practice and accredited with a recognised membership body online here.

What is Solution Focused Brief Therapy?

Solution Focused Brief Therapy is a type of therapy that is more focused on solutions than problems. It goes without saying that in order to find a solution, a problem has to be discussed, but after going through the aspects of problems that are actually playing a negative role, the therapist will no longer dwell into it and the experiences related to it.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy is about deep-diving into your problems or your childhood to seek the solution and see how your past has influenced your present. Instead, the sessions will root in the present scenario, where the clients will be motivated towards a better future where their current problems have got no impact on their lives.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy is referred to as ‘brief’ because the key to this therapy is to find a quick and implacable solution to the problem without digging further. The time spent in this therapy is limited because there is a quick solution sorted out. It is committed to finding a realistic, and workable solution to the problem as quickly as possible. Due to its efficiency and effectiveness, this treatment is being used widely in multiple contexts.

How does Solution Focused Brief Therapy work?

There is no formalised sequence and pattern to this therapy. However, there is a general model that acts as the foundation for this therapy. Solution Focused Brief Therapy believes that every person has a default pattern of experiencing the problem and to cope with it. In this manner, every individual works on that particular pattern whenever they face a problem and they cope in the same way that they are used to.

The Solution Focused Brief Therapy model focuses that giving too much attention to the problems is not an effective way of sorting out a solution. Instead, in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, the therapist focuses on the default solution patterns that the client possesses and modifies them into better and effective problem-solving approaches for better dealing.

Here are some of the basic assumptions of the model that is the foundation of this therapy:

  • Change is certain and inevitable.
  • Client must be aware that he/she needs to change.
  • Therapy must be short-term and focused.
  • Clients are the ones that are experts in therapy and they should set their own goals.
  • Even though they don’t know, but the client has the potential and resources to solve their own problems.
  • Rather than the history, the focus of the therapy must be on the future.
  • The focus should on the things that are possible and changeable.

Based on these assumptions, the Solution Focused Brief Therapist plans therapy like this:

  • They ask questions to the client rather than making up the answers.
  • They notice and appreciate the positive aspects of the client’s personality, strengths, resources, qualities, and general competence towards problem-solving.
  • They focus on what the client is capable of doing rather than on focusing what they cannot do.
  • They notice and pinpoint the patterns in the client’s personality that are already very helpful and effective in dealing with the challenges.
  • They also find new ways to introduce to the client to enhance their problem-solving capabilities.
  • They focus on the solution rather than digging into the issue.
  • They develop action plans that work well for the client.

The Solution Focused Brief Therapist aims at bringing the best skills and strengths of the client on the front. They make the client well-aware of the qualities they possess and develop new ones. This therapy is quick and brief because it is easy to enhance the qualities that clients already possess and that is the aim of this therapy.

What can Solution Focused Brief Therapy help with?

Solution Focused Brief Therapy is a stand-alone therapeutic intervention because of its effectiveness and quick solution. But it can be used in collaboration with other therapies for better treatment. People of all ages can get benefit from this therapy for a variety of issues. From general to specific issues, many things can be treated with the help of Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Here are some of the issues that are being dealt with Solution Focused Brief Therapy:

  • Behavioural issues
  • Relationship problems
  • Child relationship issues
  • Family problems
  • Domestic or child abuse
  • Addiction

Though it doesn’t introduce the cure for psychiatric disorders like depression or schizophrenia, Solution Focused Brief Therapy does promise a better quality of life to those who suffer from these conditions.

What to expect from Solution Focused Brief Therapy?

The foundation of Solution Focused Brief Therapy is goal-setting. So, you will be able to identify and clarify your goals. The therapist questions the client to explore things and develop a better relationship. It is all about learning how your life would change if you take certain steps towards resolving problems. By answering these questions, you will be able to identify the solution patterns and make your own plan for a better change. The questions being asked by the therapist aim at making your creative and better at setting goals thus helping you develop a clearer goal and plan for the change.

Find a Solution Focused Brief Therapist through the Expat Therapy 4U platform

Solution Focused Brief Therapy is all about making you the in charge of your life and helping you focus on the positive things rather on clinging on to the negative experiences on life. Every person can benefit from this therapy by knowing because it is believed that we all have the strength and the courage to deal with the issues that come in front of us.

Further Readings on Solution Focused Brief Therapy


About Expat Therapy 4U

Expat Therapy 4U is the result of 5 years’ experience running The International Psychology Clinic, the first private therapy service based in London specialized in multilingual and multicultural therapy.

The platform is run by Dr Martina Paglia. Dr Martina is a leading dual qualified Clinical and Counselling psychologist who helps patients by providing bespoke psychological services including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Counselling and Psychotherapy in London and online worldwide.

Our network comprises highly qualified and experienced private therapists who have made a positive difference in the lives of thousands of expats worldwide. All members of our community are highly experienced working in cross-cultural environments.

We are passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care. If you would like to work with a warm, inclusive, caring and professional English-speaking therapist in Europe or online worldwide you have come to the right place.

If you are looking for the perfect expat Therapist in Europe or online worldwide, our team is dedicated to help you find your best match. We offer a client guarantee where clients can re-book with a different therapist if they are not satisfied with their first therapy session.

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