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What Is Solution-Focussed?

Updated: Jun 3, 2018


Many experts involved in this model do not like the name because it implies the session is about giving or getting a list of solutions to problems. So let me help define for you what this method is and what it is not. It is important for you to know what to expect. I also hope that this might excite you in realizing the life-long gift that coaching and counselling is!


What it is not:

- A coach/counsellor who will give you a list of solutions. Thoughtful suggestions or things to try, yes, but telling you what you should do, no.

- When a coach or counsellor tells you what to do and how to do it, it is not helpful to you. In fact, it is harmful. And those who do rob clients of the enriching process of the wonderful world of self-discovery, of strengths and resources clients have to solve problems, and the development of new skills (or sharpening what you have). Good coaching and counselling can give you tools that will stay with you for life!


What it is:

- It is intended to be brief therapy. Research has shown results in fewer sessions than some traditional methods. Depending on the issue, it may take 4-6 sessions (or less) to realize results and reach goals.

- It is strengths-based. This method explores what strengths you (already) have to help you make changes, or improve your situation.

- It is goal-based. The counsellor helps you by creating a solution-building dialogue to identify steps that can be taken that will help you reach your goals.


I hope this is helpful to you and in some ways exciting. Coaching or counselling (that is the work you do) could be one of the best investments you'll ever make!

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