Drawing on the ideas of Michael White and David Epston, this fully revised, extended and updated Second Edition incorporates the progression of their thinking over the past five years and introduces developments initiated by other narrative therapists worldwide. New material has been added around counseling for post-traumatic reactions, couples conflict and a sense of personal failure.

Asking Questions

Asking questions

In books bought when I was studying for my Diploma in Counselling there is a general unease about asking questions – even hostility. Brammer (1973: 55) suggests that asking questions in the first session is ‘a tactical error’ as ‘Helpees often feel interrogated, and, as a result, threatened. ’ He concedes that open-ended questions may be helpful, and gives examples, but unease predominates: ‘As a general rule, questions should be used purposefully and sparingly, otherwise they tend to become substitutes for making statements’ (1973: 75–6, emphasis added). Benjamin (1974) devotes a chapter to questioning, warning against possible evils rather than discussing any positive aspects: ‘my greatest objection to the use of questions [is that] … If we begin the helping interview by ...

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