Solution focused brief therapy helps you focus on answers instead of problems. 

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Updated Jan 20, 2022 by Dr. Sheri Jacobson Dr Sheri Jacobson

Solution Focused Brief Therapy in London

Want a better future but can't seem to create it? 

Have you been distressed lately, or struggled to feel good about yourself? Do you feel stuck with the same old issues and worry your future will be any different?

And are you looking for a talk therapy that is only short-term? That focuses on solutions instead of delving too deeply into your past and your problems? Solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) might be for you. 

What is solution focused brief therapy?

As the name suggests, solution focused brief therapy (also called brief therapy, or solution focused therapy) is a time-limited psychotherapy. It helps you improve your present, gain confidence, and set goals for your preferred future. 

SFBT is based on the concept that just because a problem is complicated, doesn't mean its solution needs to be. Most of the time we already have the strengths and skills we need to manage our issues but just need help recognizing what these are.

Different to other talk therapies that tend to analyse your past, solution focused brief therapy only looks backward to help you find these strengths, and to remember times in your life when things were more like what you want them to be. This gives you a more balanced perspective of yourself, and shows you the skills you can apply to your life to feel successful again. 

SFBT is also committed to what it calls ‘problem free talk’. This means each week you will be encouraged to discuss what is working in your life, not just what isn’t. We are all more than just our issues.

How many SFBT sessions do I need?

This is something you can decide between you and your therapist. It might be as little as four weekly sessions, or as many as 24. 

What issues does it help with? 

SFBT can help with any issue, whether that is relationship difficulties, a problem from your childhood, or feeling unable to get ahead. 

One of the key areas brief therapy is used in is addiction counselling, most notably for treating problem drinking. Research has also shown that SFBT can be effective for the following challenges: 

  • depression
  • suicidal thinking
  • sleep problems
  • eating disorders
  • parenting issues
  • marital problems
  • low self-esteem
  • sexual problems.

What results can I expect from SFBT sessions? 

Solution focused brief therapy can help you recognise the strengths and resources you already have to create success both in the here and now and in your future. You'll feel more confident and more aware of what you are actually capable of. 

Creating a plan for a better future – the Harley Therapy™ approach

Your Harley Therapy™ practioner will meet with you weekly and create a warm, supportive environment for you to work together in. Every week your therapist will take time to listen to you and give you positive feedback on how you are doing.

The main tool your SFBT therapist will then use with you is questions. Carefully designed to help you hone in on what your personal strengths and visions for the future are, these SFBT questions include things like ‘miracle questions’ - if a miracle occurred overnight, what would be better in your life? Other questions are designed to help you find times in your life when you were achieving things you want now, or when problems weren’t happening. How can you use what you knew then to serve you in the present?

Before the end of your session you will be invited to decide on your next step forward, either a small change you are ready to try or an action that produced results for you previously that you could now do more of. 

All psychotherapists and counselors at  Harley Therapy™ have a minimum of five years postgraduate experience and have trained at a renowned UK institution. We maintain high standards and are committed to delivering results. 

Take a step towards a more confident you today 

Considering trying SFBT sessions in London? contact us now for more information. You can call us or alternately book a consultation online at any of our three clinics in London - Harley Street, Canary Wharf, or City of London.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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SFBT in London

What is solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT)?

SFBT is a short-term therapy that looks at the patient’s current personal and social resources to work out how they can find solutions to ongoing issues and problems.

Typically, how much does solution-based brief therapy cost in London?

You can expect to pay £180 per session for SFBT in London. It’s a short-term therapy type, but it’s often used as part of a wider, longer course of therapy.

Is SFBT available on the NHS?

SFBT is available on the NHS, but not in all UK areas. You may also face long waiting lists, so private provision may work better for you.

Does Harley Therapy offer SFBT in London?

Yes, Harley Therapy offers solution-based brief therapy in London and there are several therapists on hand so you’ll be able to find your best fit.

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