What Is Solution Focused Brief Therapy?

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is an evidence-based approach which is short term and goal oriented with the focus on your strengths and the absence of the problem in your life.

So, what does that mean in practice?  Well, traditional psychotherapy looks for ways to move forward by looking back.  How did you get here?  What was the cause?  If we fix that thing from the past that may help you to move forward in a more helpful way.

The SFBT approach looks forward to what it is that you want to achieve, where you want to be and talking about and developing how you get there.  Describing the change that you want and moving in that direction instead of going back and changing things from the past in order to move forward.

Key characteristics of this approach are:


  • Future Focus – I’m really interested in what you want from working with me, how you will know that it’s useful and developing a clear description of the life that you want. The more clarity you have about that picture the easier it is for you to notice progress.
  • Doing what already works – we tend to find it easier to do more of the stuff we are already doing. Hence, we get really interested in what you find yourself doing that fits with that future that you want.  And figuring out how you did that and what it tells you about the sort of person you can be at your best.
  • Signs of Progress – we’re really interested in this, not just for the sake of progress but also because, for most people, noticing the progress they’re making tends to lead to more progress and increased confidence.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy and You

If you decide to work with me, It is important to understand that part of your journey may be about becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable.  This is because my remit is to question you, challenge you and support you to get past those things and ways of thinking that are holding you back. As with anything in life, by far the best way of figuring it out in all honesty is by giving it a go. There is a wealth of information on the BRIEF International website so why not take a look.

Please get in touch if you would like more information or to book an appointment.

What Issues Can Solution Focused Brief Therapy Help to Resolve?

Because this approach is so future focused, without the need to explore the past in great detail, it is extremely flexible and can be used in many and varied situations.

Of course, it’s primary use is to treat a wide range of mental health conditions in pretty much the same way as hypnotherapy, psychotherapy or NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) would.  The key difference is that it is a purely talking therapy that works to improve your thinking and perspective without further interventions such as trance for example.

Choosing a certain type of therapy is a very personal decision and most forms get varied results because of this.  There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to our mental health.

The key aim of this approach is in the title ‘Brief’.  Those of us that are passionate about this work love it because we really do not want anyone to be ‘in therapy’ for months or years.  We want you out there, enjoying life and thriving.  And for most people, things can be turned around in as little as 3 to 5 sessions.  Clearly, this can depend on individual circumstances, however, research has indicated that the success rate of this way of working is currently around 83%.  If you compare this to CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) or counselling, for example, it’s closer to 50%.

SFBT is a great tool for many forms of coaching, whether in preparation for an important interview, nervousness around public speaking, exam nerves or even just life in general.  I’ve used it to great effect for Sports Performance also.

SFBT has also been found to be highly effective for use in couples therapy.  More details can be found here.

Angie Hayes Healing & Hypnotherapy

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