ABSTRACT

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is an approach for working with individuals, couples, families and groups that has roots in systemic therapies. The model was primarily developed by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a husband and wife team who revolutionized the way that therapists address problems—by focusing not on people’s problems but on their solutions. The roots of SFBT are housed within the therapeutic work of Milton H. Erickson, the philosophy of Gregory Bateson and the problem-focused practice of the Mental Research Institute’s Brief Therapy (de Shazer, 1982; de Shazer et al., 2007).