Brief Counselling: A Practical Integrative Approach by Colin Feltham

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By Colin Feltham

Within the quickly maturing occupation of counselling, this book's sensitivity to time as a beneficial source, consumers' perceptions, evidence-based directions and integration of a few of the simplest considering from a number of counselling types make it an awesome middle textual content for rookies and reflective practitioners.

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She is expressing a belief that assertiveness was or is difficult, but probably meaningful as an avenue for exploration. Evidently things did not work out; she was disillusioned and did not return. These pieces of data contain many warnings! However, they need not be read as facts and her feelings may have changed since that time. This kind of information is useful, but requires intelligent analysis and operationalizing. Let’s look at one way it might go: Client: I just couldn’t go out and be assertive.

As you receive these answers you can begin to build up material for the kind of approach you will be using. If the client tells you, for example, that her previous counsellor talked about himself too much and that this was unhelpful, you will note this and watch any tendency you may have to do likewise. You can ask, in this example, what it was about the counsellor talking about himself too much that was offputting. If, on the other hand, the client reports that her previous counsellor’s self-disclosures made her feel more relaxed, you may decide to take note and do likewise.

Or you may decide that you will see them for a longer period after all. Or if they have in mind only a few visits, you might want to suggest that it would be fairer to them if they gave it more time. It can help to say that often a minimum of four or six sessions is advisable in order to assess matters or to let the counselling process begin to take effect, and that many people undertake counselling for a period of several months. ) You might arrange a specific contract for a series of sessions followed by a review.

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