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What is Solution-Focused Brief Therapy?

As the name suggest, it is about being brief and focusing on solutions, rather than on problems. We learned long time ago that when there is a problem, many professionals spend a great deal of time thinking, talking, and analyzing the problems, while the suffering goes on. It occurred to a team of mental health professionals at BFTC that so much time, resources, and energies are spent on talking about problems, rather than thinking about what might help us to get to solutions, thus bringing on realistic, reasonable relief as quickly as possible.
We discovered that problems do not happen all the time; even the most chronic problems have period or times when the problem does not occur or less intense. By studying these times when problems is less severe or even absent, we discovered that people do many positive things that they are not fully aware of. By bringing these small successes to their awareness, and helping them to repeat these successful things they do when the problem is not there or less severe, their life becomes better and people become more confident about themselves.
And of course there is nothing like experiencing small successes to become more hopeful about themselves and their life, and when they are more hopeful, they become more interested in creating a better life for themselves and their families. Thus we become more hopeful about our future and want to achieve more.

Because these solutions are already within the person that only comes out sporadically, repeating these successful behaviors is easier than learning a whole new set of solutions that worked for someone else, but may not suit the person who has to make the changes. Thus, brief part was born. Since it takes less effort, we can become more eager to repeat the successful behaviors, thus it is easier to embrace the changes.

SFBT (Solution-Focused Brief Therapy) has taken almost 30 years to develop what it is today and it is simple to learn, but difficult to practice because our old learning gets in the way. The model continues to evolve and change, and is increasingly taken out of the therapy or counseling rooms and is applied wherever people want to get along with, or to work together, no matter what the setting and who is involved.

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