Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), also called Solution-Focused Therapy, Solution-Building Practice therapy was developed by Steve de Shazer (1940-2005), and Insoo Kim Berg (1934-2007) and their colleagues beginning in the late 1970’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As the name suggests, SFBT is future-focused, goal-directed, and focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy.
Validation of the client’s changes is a huge part of the focus of solution focused therapy. Our therapists will also identify the areas in your life that you may be struggling with, and encourage you to steer clear of those areas. They will then identify what areas you are excelling in and encourage you focus on those areas rather than the negative. Early studies on solution-focused therapy have shown this technique to be effective for clients with a variety of issues and mental disorders. At Sherman Counseling, solution-focused therapies are often offered in conjunction with other types of therapies to give clients a full arsenal of tools they can use to manage the symptoms of mental illness or substance abuse.