Solution-Focused Counselling focuses on solutions instead of on problems. The counsellor does this by helping their clients identify what’s bothering them.
For example, you may say, “I have trouble making friends.” I work collaboratively with you to set a goal. A goal might be, “I want to have a group of friends to hang out with.” I then help you identify a series of steps that can make this goal a reality. One step could be, “I want to introduce myself to three people this week.”
An essential part of Solution-Focused Counselling is helping the client identify what has and hasn’t worked in the past when dealing with a particular challenge. The counsellor then encourages the client to do more of “what works” as he moves toward his goal.
The personal benefits of Solution-Focused Counselling are wide-ranging and can positively impact an individual’s career if they are engaging with their counsellor. This process can help develop individuals across a wide range of needs and can even benefit them on a personal level. Solution-Focused Counselling boosts confidence, improves work performance, and builds effective communication skills.
The great benefit of Solution-Focused Counselling is that you are very likely to see quick, positive results as an outcome. Solution-Focused Counselling is interactive and co-creative– which means you create your plan collaboratively with your counsellor. People tend to learn and adopt new habits more easily when they are actively engaged in an open, caring, empathetic, and collaborative learning process.
The process is entirely devoted to you, your issues, and the attainment of your new goals. Solution-Focused Counselling will continuously challenge you in positive ways and encourage you to work on the issues you identify as needing improvement.
By continually improving, you practice effective habits. The more you practice, the more natural they become, and eventually, they become your new way of being.
In traditional counselling, clients typically explore their past so they can better understand their present problems. Solution-Focused Counselling focuses on what’s happening now. It helps clients come up with solutions that can make life better in the future.
In Solution-Focused Counselling, clients work together with their counsellor instead of relying on the counsellor as the expert. Solution-Focused Counselling is “focused” when compared to traditional long-term counselling. Research shows that Solution-Focused Counselling can bring positive results after an average of three to five sessions.
Solution-Focused Counselling actively works toward solutions. It helps clients identify what they do well. It then encourages them to use their strengths to reach their goals.
Improvement in an individual’s performance, targets, and goals.
Increased openness to personal learning and development.
Increased ability to identify solutions to specific work-related issues.
Greater ownership and responsibility.
Development of self-awareness.
Improvement of specific skills or behavior.
Greater clarity in roles and objectives.
The opportunity to correct behaviour or performance challenges.
Solution-Focused Counselling allows you to define your career goals realistically.
Set these goals, actively work towards achieving them, build new skill sets, and enhance your life.
Become aware of your blind spots.
Work with your counsellor to change in the ways you believe are best for you.
The process of building personal awareness will empower you to turn hidden weaknesses into marketable strengths.
Your growing self-awareness will boost your confidence and set you up for future success.
Solution-Focused Counselling gives you unique one-on-one feedback and lots of encouragement.
Solution-Focused Counselling is a safe space to work through sensitive issues that help you gain perspective.
Once you are comfortable with your new abilities, you can begin to use them in your life to achieve lasting positive change in your life.
Work on areas of yourself and your life that you don't find satisfying.
Move beyond remembering and understanding to applying learnings in a safe learning space.
Practice what you learn through the solution-focused counselling process and change at a deeper level.