Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a future-oriented, competency-based approach, with a solid evidence-based practice, that draws its origins from the brilliant psychiatrist, Milton Erickson, and the team from the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California. Solution Focused Brief Therapy was developed by Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg and their colleagues at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They spent more than 25 years observing hundreds of hours of therapy sessions and carefully paying attention to the questions, behaviors, and emotions that helped clients form realistic, achievable, real-life solutions.
SFBT highlights the client's capabilities and helps them adopt an alternative perspective on their future to build a more realistic and optimistic perspective and help them be aware of their successes, both past and present. It is a pragmatic approach, and draws from what has worked and is working in a person's life and build's on these successes to co-create small steps that the client is invested in doing. This model of counseling and consultation began in the therapy room and has been successfully expanded to many other settings.
The Solution Focused approach has become a highly effective model in education, coaching, consultancy and organizational development.