Solution focused therapy

What is Solution Focused Therapy

Solution Focused (brief) Therapy or SFBT is a goal oriented approach to psycho therapeutic change that is administered through direct observation of the teens’ response to a series of precisely constructed questions. SFBT focuses on addressing the present and future. The past is only addressed to a certain degree mainly when communicating empathy and to gain an accurate understanding of the teen’s concern.

Solution Focused Therapy is typically a short term form of therapy done to help clients set and develop strategies to reach their goal. Therapists tend to focus on the clients’ goal and the steps necessary to complete them.

How is SFBT used?

Similar to others forms of therapy SFBT is a form of specialized conversation. These conversations are directed toward developing and achieving the client’s vision of their solutions. The techniques of SFBT are used to help the teen understand their solutions and the means of accomplishing them.

Some techniques include the following:

1.Miracle Questions (MQ)

This technique is a powerful tool in solution focused therapy.  It helps teens to describe small, realistic and do able steps they can take to achieve their goals as soon as the next day. The small steps they describe become the building blocks for a different type of day for teens. They can implement these changes they have created almost immediately to begin a change in behavior.

2.Scaling Questions

Scaling questions are used typically when there is not enough time to carry out MQ. Scaling questions helps clients to assess their own situations, track their progress and evaluate how others may rate them on a scale of 0 to 10. These questions typically inquire about the clients’ motivation, hopefulness, depression, confidence, their progress or other topics that can be used to track their performance.


The complimenting technique is another essential technique of SMFBT therapy that validates what the teens are doing correctly and acknowledges how difficult their problems are. This encourages the teen to change. It also lets them know that the therapist has been listening and understands.

4.Coping Questions

Coping questions are used to highlight to clients that despite the difficulties they are facing they continue to persevere on. These questions draw to light that even though they may be experiencing despair the clients still get out of bed, go to work or come to this session.

Benefits of Solution Focused Therapy

  • Finding solutions to problem clients face
  • Improvement within interpersonal relationships
  • Reduction in stress, anxiety and depression