Many individuals with anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD and other mental health disorders and life issues have all thought, “I will never find a solution to my problem. I will always be miserable and will never be happy.” They can become overwhelmed with skepticism in their minds and sinking feelings in their hearts. They agonize over small details and catastrophize larger details.
Unlike traditional forms of therapy that take time to analyze problems, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) concentrates on finding solutions in the present time and exploring hope for the future to find a quicker resolution to problems.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy will not dive deep into your childhood or explore all the ways in which your past has influenced your present. Instead, it focuses on the present while working towards a future in which your current problem(s) have less of an impact on your life. The problems are clearly defined and talked about, but so are the successes. It is centered on the idea of focusing on solutions rather than problems. It promotes quick, mentally healthy solutions to a client’s problems.
- Change will always happen; it’s inevitable. Clients are asked to embrace change and want it.
- Clients have the power to create their own goals and feel more confident.
- Each client has his or her own strengths and skills to solve their problems.
- Focusing on the past is not as relevant.
This method takes the approach that you know what you need to do to improve your own life and, with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions.