Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) stands alone from many other traditional therapies by refraining from the past and favoring the present and the future. This therapy focuses on the client's possibilities, and does not have much interest on how problems emerged. Behavioral change is considered one of the most valuable approaches in assisting clients in moving towards fulfilling lives. Focusing on the problem is not essential for change to occur.
In SFBT, clients identify specific goals that they want to achieve. SFBT is founded on the belief that clients already acquire the strengths and abilities in constructing solutions to problems or challenges that life brings them. However, occasionally clients may lose sight of their competencies. The counselors part is to aid the clients in awakening their competencies, they already possess, and to construct solutions.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a goal-oriented therapy that takes a practical approach to solving problems. Its goal is to change client’s old ways of thinking, or behaviors, that are behind their problems or challenges, which in turn will change the way they feel. CBT is used to help treat a large variety of problems in a client's life. These include, but not limited to sleeping struggles, relationship problems, drug and alcohol dependence, and anxiety or depression.
CBT was developed to improve client’s viewpoint and their behavior by concentrating on their thoughts, perceptions and beliefs they possess, and how they are related to the way a client behaves, as a pathway of stabilizing emotional difficulties. The client and counselor work collaboratively to get a better understanding of the presenting problem or challenge, and to identify new strategies in overcoming them. CBT provides clients with a set of ideas they can utilize at any time, and that will last them a lifetime.