Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Hope begins at Decision Point Center

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in Arizona

Use SFBT to Recover from Addiction at Decision Point Center

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is unique because it trusts you have all the solutions you need to improve your own life and you just need some help finding them. Unlike other therapies, which lend similar solutions to certain types of problems, SFBT pays attention to what you want and what works best for you as an individual.

SFBT uses goal setting, thought-provoking questions, 0-10 scales, empathy, and compliments to help individuals like you identify their own virtues and solutions. Because SFBT focuses on finding solutions in the present and exploring hope for the future, some people find that it works faster than other therapy modalities.

Fortunately, SFBT can be used with these other modalities to create not only quick solutions but also lasting healing.


When you choose Decision Point Center to help you overcome addiction, you will have the opportunity to explore SFBT and all the other therapies we offer.


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The History of SFBT

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy was developed in the late 1970s and early 80s by psychotherapists Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg. While SFBT was originally developed as a rebellion against the traditional psychotherapy approach, it has roots in Wittgensteinian philosophy and Buddhist thought. Instead of therapists deciding what might be the best possible solution for those who need help, therapists work with them to find the most realistic solutions for their needs.

The major tenets of SFBT include:

  • If it is not broken, don’t fix it
  • Looking for exceptions
  • Asking questions rather than telling clients what to do
  • Future is negotiated and created
  • Compliments
  • Gentle nudging to do more of what is working
  • The solution is not always directly related to the problem

Therapists who practice SFBT believe we sometimes find the solutions to our problems when we are free of the problem or taking steps to manage it. Questions, compliments, and nudging help us identify our own strengths, work towards positive solutions, and implement change more quickly.


Uncover the answers you have inside through the course of our programs at Decision Point Center.


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The Miracle Question

When you begin SFBT, your therapist will ask you some questions. You may be asked what you hope to get out of your sessions and how your life would change if your problems are solved. According to Psychology Today:

One of the key questions the therapist asks is called the miracle question: ‘If a miracle occurred while you were asleep tonight, what changes would you notice in your life tomorrow?’ This opens up your mind to creative thinking and, again, to setting goals and developing a clear plan that will lead to life-changing solutions.”

How SFBT Works

In addition to questions and goal setting, your therapist will validate what you are already doing well and empathize with how difficult your problem is. Once you have answered questions and identified strengths, weaknesses, and strategies that may have worked before, your therapist might start making suggestions. Nevertheless, these suggestions are almost always based on words you have said or strengths and solutions you have already demonstrated.

Language is important in SFBT, and you will always be focused on the language of solutions. Instead of talking about what caused your problem, you will be negotiating positive solutions and imagining a better future with your therapist.

Instead of asking why you started drinking and using drugs, SFBT challenges you to see the benefits of a life of sobriety. SFBT is just one way we focus on your holistic wellbeing at Decision Point Center.

Get Started Today

If you are looking for positive change, look no further than our licensed drug and alcohol addiction and substance use disorder treatment facility in Prescott, Arizona. We have been changing lives since 2004, and we want to help you change yours, too. From SFBT to trauma therapy to holistic enrichment activities, you will have access to all the tools you need to dive deep and overcome addiction.


Hope starts here at Decision Point Center. Call us at (844) 292-5010 or contact us online to take your first steps toward recovery today.


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