`This chunky little book is packed with interesting approaches to the currently fashionable area of client assessment... This is a book for any counsellor or counsellor trainee's shelf, a necessary reference for the sound professional' - Counselling News `The comprehensive series of essays... is a timely contribution... This book is about being professional and effective... a valuable multimodal life inventory for use with clients is provided' - Counselling, The Journal of The British Association for Counselling What information will help you assess the therapeutic needs of a client? Could you identify a suicidal client? How can you tell whether or not you are working wi
Chapter 4: What Type of Help?
What Type of Help?
Readiness and Suitability of Client for Counselling
Client's Recognition of Difficulties and Insight into Them
A client who seeks counselling is likely to have already acknowledged that they have a problem or that they would like to change some aspects of their life. This acknowledgement is necessary in order that they are able to engage in therapy. It may be thought of as a spectrum from slight to profound understanding. Where such insight is minimal, a person may have been encouraged to seek counselling by another person, such as a partner, family members, employers etc., but believes the ‘problem’ to be largely outside of herself. Otherwise, the person will probably have engaged in a process of reflection into ...