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Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

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When you're going through a tough time, you sometimes forget how powerful and resourceful you truly are. You get dissociated from your current strengths and you feel lost as to how to feel better now. Luckily, there's a kind of therapy that helps put you in touch with your past successes and strengths, and harnesses them to create more success in your current situation. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) a powerful way to get in touch with what you know can work, because it's worked in the past.


Solution Focused Brief Therapy is future-oriented and goal oriented. By remembering your successes and strengths, your coping ability improves and you get back on track with living in the present. The main question I ask you is what are you already doing that improves your situation better or prevents it from getting worse? SFBT emphasizes how you are or have been healthy, and how to regain that sense of health and well-being. It concentrates on how you have successfully handled similar situations in the past, and always asks the question, "when is the problem not happening or when is it less upsetting?" This can be more empowering for you when you forget how resourceful you are.

In combination, I use the problem-solving aspect of CBT, identifying faulty thinking, with finding exceptions to those times when your thinking was distorted or inaccurate. For example, if you tend to have all or nothing thinking, especially around work or school, you can first identify the automatic negative thought. Then we can explore times when you resisted the urge to think this way. What was different at those times; how did you overcome that ingrained habit?

It’s easy to think of yourself as broken or damaged when you endured a trauma or devastating loss. You might feel anxious, depressed, grief-stricken, or perpetually angry. With SFBT, you can discover how resilient you are, and stronger than you think.

If you're ready to start feeling more empowered and resourceful in the face of trauma and grief, please call me or click the button below so we can get started!

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