What is Solution Focused Counselling?

Solution focused counselling focuses on solutions rather than the problems themselves. As such it highlights people’s strengths and competences instead of their perceived deficits, weaknesses and limitations.

This shift in paradigm is dramatically different from previous counselling techniques that concentrated on identifying problems and trying to explain their origins. Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg were the founders of solution focused therapy in the 1980’s both were based in USA. Sadly both have pass away  recently.

There are several assumptions that provide the framework of solution focused counselling.

  • All people have strengths and inner resources to solve life’s challenges.
  • “Change is one of life’s constants”. Not only is change possible it is always happening.
  • The counsellor’s role in the therapy session is to help each client identify the change that is occurring and to help them increase that level of change.
  • We do not need to know what caused a problem to be able to solve it.
  • Change begins with small steps
  • The client is  the expert in their life.
  • The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem
  • If its not working, do something different

What are the benefits and potential risks of Solution Focused Counselling?

The primary benefit of solution focused counselling is that the client finds solutions to their problems. This can result in a reduction in the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression and interpersonal relationships may improve. Another benefit of solution focused counselling is that the client and counsellor identify clear goals at the start. As a result of this the client and counsellor will both know what success looks like and therefore can easily identify when counselling is no longer required.

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Dr. Stephanie Johnson is now available throughout Australia for personalised workshops and training in solution focused, strengths based, behaviour management, trauma and team work building, contact Stephanie now for more information, give your team refocus with one of Stephanie’s dynamic workshops!

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Our services & skills

During presentationWorkshops and training are on offer, specialised training in solution focused counselling, strengths based and team work building.

Stephanie can tailor your needs to a workshop format. Stephanie has trained staff from NSW Tafe, Centacare, Centrelink, St Giles and many more. No agency too small or big, we welcome your enquiry.

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steph (1)Solution focused supervision is available on request.

steph (1)A solution focused counselling service is available for local Wagga Wagga clients. We focus on relationships, family conflict, work stress, grief and loss, relationship conflicts, anxiety and depression to name a few. However, if you need a crisis service right now then contact Life line on 13 11 14.We have appointments available weekdays and evenings. Medicare rebates are available, conditions apply. Why wait in misery? Contact today and make a change for a solution today! We focus on solutions not problems, ring 0402371448 today for your appointment.

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