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Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) is a model of therapy that focuses on cocreating the client’s preferred future through solution-building. Coconstructing goals with a client (individual, couple, or family), searching for evidence of exceptions to the current problem, and building on the client’s small positive changes are important pieces of the model. SFBT is systemic (looking at the relationships between people) in nature, making it an excellent model to use in marriage and family therapy. This entry covers the basic components and application of SFBT when working with individuals, couples, and families.

History of SFBT

Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg, the originators of SFBT, studied at the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto, California. De Shazer and Berg were introduced to one another and eventually ...

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