Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (aka Solution-Focused Therapy, aka SBFT) is a therapeutic approach that emphasizes strengths and goals rather than pathologies and problems.
Created in the 1980s, SFBT was a response to insurance companies shortening the length of therapy they would cover. As its name suggests, it's designed to be a brief therapy, and even though it's kind of lacking on its own (how much could you really get done in three sessions?), certain elements of SFBT are extremely helpful. These include:
- The Miracle Question
- Scaling Questions
- Recognizing and working from pre-existing strengths
- Noticing "exceptions" to problems and expanding on them
John doesn't offer pure SFBT, but his very first placement was at a local agency that emphasized this type of therapy, so these techniques occasionally make their way into therapy at Transformation Counselling.