Chapter 7: Other Key Approaches

Learning Objectives

This chapter considers a number of practice considerations, from before the first session, through using questions and making an assessment, contracting, the early stages of the relationship, goal-setting and reviewing, to post-therapy. 

Reflection Questions

  • How would you achieve a safe, appropriate and ethical therapeutic relationship? 
  • What are some of the key challenges in the therapeutic relationship? 
  • How can these be managed effectively and ethically with clients?

With these questions in mind, watch the following videos:

Alasdair Macdonald introduces solution-focused therapy, discusses major challenges to practicing this type of therapy, and explains the current state of research in the field

Jody Mardula introduces the concept of mindfulness as applicable to counselling and psychotherapy and begins and ends the tutorial with brief guided exercises in mindfulness