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So far I have discussed matters that relate to the bonds that develop between counsellors and clients and those that relate to how both view counselling and its various aspects. In this chapter, I will concentrate on a third domain of the working alliance: goals.

As Alfred Adler (1979) pointed out many years ago, all human endeavour has a purpose. So when your clients seek help from you each one has an idea about what they want to achieve from the meetings. These goals may be explicitly stated at some point in the process or they may remain implicit. Whichever is the case, these goals are inherent in the process in counselling. In this chapter, I will discuss the goals of counselling, initially concentrating on ...

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