What happens in solution focused counselling three questions (and sometimes a fourth) solution focused brief therapy is a simple idea but not easy to put into practice it consists of only three basic questions which, if they can be answered, often lead to dramatic change is to put the client's agenda first how can i help you being. A definition of counselling although there are numerous definitions of counselling in existence, according to johnson (2000, p3), “counselling is a structured conversation aimed at facilitating a client’s quality of life in the face of adversity.
Whilst many counsellors have been trained to a certain level of expertise, they are also trained to stick with the ‘client’s agenda’, and not impose their own beliefs on you of course, if the relationship between a counsellor and a client is truly collaborative, the issues that they work with in counselling will evolve and adapt along the way. Focusing is a counselling skill that is particularly useful after one or two sessions, when the helper/counsellor has heard the client's story focusing involves making decisions about what issues the client wants to deal with the client may have mentioned a range of issues and problems, and focusing allows the counsellor and client together to clear away some of the less important surrounding material and concentrate on the central issues of concern.
The task of the therapist is to trust that each client has the answer to these questions and to ask the questions in such a way that the client finds the answers best hopes – negotiating the contract the basic rule of negotiation between professional and client (whatever the professional service being offered) is to put the client's agenda first. Genuineness encourages a client’s self-disclosure, but the counsellor should continually strive to keep the client’s agenda in focus, rather than disclose their own personal values or feelings 3. The way we stay with the client’s agenda is to help the client to craft their desired outcome/s for each coaching session the depth of inquiry into the client’s agenda shows the level of the coach’s curiosity and listening abilities.
The aims of counselling the aims of counselling or helping a client should always be based on the needs of the client, which are: • to help the clients manage their problems more effectively and develop unused or underused opportunities to cope more fully • to help and empower clients to become more effective self-helpers in the future (egan, 1998.
The first is individual focus, where the counsellor begins the counselling session by focusing totally on the personal aspects of the client the demographics, history, and the reasons why counselling is sought, from the client the counsellor will often use the client’s name, to help bring about total focus on that client.