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Are you interested in the field of counselling and psychotherapy or just starting out in your training? Trying to get to grips with the many different approaches and decide which are right for you? This book can help! An ideal introductory text that assumes no prior knowledge, leading authors in the field provide overviews of 26 counselling and psychotherapy approaches in accessible, jargon-free terms. Each approach is discussed using the same framework to enable easy comparison and evaluation, covering: • Development of the Therapy • Theory and Basic Concepts • Practice • Which Clients Benefit Most? • Case study Four further chapters offer an insight into the therapeutic relationship, working with diversity, professional issues, and research, while resources such as suggested reading, discussion issues, appendices of further information and a ...

Solution-Focused Therapy
Solution-Focused Therapy
Bill O’Connell
Introduction

Solution-focused therapy (SFT) is a form of brief therapy which builds upon clients’ strengths by helping them to evoke and construct solutions to their problems. It focuses more on the future than the client’s past. In a solution-focused approach the counsellor and client devote a greater proportion of time to solution-construction than to problem-exploration. Together they try to describe in concrete detail what the clients would like to see happening in their lives (in this chapter I am not distinguishing between therapy and counselling or therapist and counsellor.)

SFT (often referred to by practitioners as simply SF) fosters a sense of collaboration between the counsellor and the client, with the latter being viewed as competent and resourceful. It pays little attention ...

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