Whether it’s an individual counselling session with someone suffering from an illness, an executive from a large corporation or a business team, the approach is still the same: work with the strengths rather than analyse and try to fix the problems. It’s an approach that works in both clinical and corporate environments.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is an approach to counselling or psychotherapy that is forward-focused rather than looking backwards to analyse the past. It is based on solution building rather than problem solving, and explores strengths, personal resources and future hopes rather than problems, illness, weakness or deficits. The ‘therapy’ or approach is typically brief – 1-5 sessions. We will focus on 1-3 sessions but my aim is to start the process and get out, leaving you with the tools to keep moving and with direction so you know where you are going.
SFBT was originally developed at the Brief Family Therapy Centre in Milwaukee, USA. It has proven to be an effective intervention in a wide range of clinical, social, educational and corporate settings, virtually any situation where people want to improve something in their lives. SFBT does not analyse problems but rather goes straight to looking for, and then moving towards, a solution. The ‘problem’ has already caused you to waste a lot of time and energy, so we don’t intend to waste any more.
SFBT is simple to teach and easy to learn, you don’t need a master’s degree to learn it. Many of my workshop participants have found that they can start doing it after a one day workshop, and then build on their knowledge through practice, experience, and further learning.