WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF FAMILY COUNSELLING?
Typically, the counsellor who is dealing with an individual
will focus on the cognitive, emotional and behavioural problems of their client
from the client’s perspective in order to understand, and perhaps diagnose, the
problem. They will then work with the client so as to find ways to help the
client to resolve those issues.
Given that the family systems counsellor is more interested
in the client’s relationships and roles within the family, the focus of family
therapy is to understand the client’s experiences and perspectives within this
system and to try to change the way the client experiences the family system.
The counsellor will still consider the client as an individual but will look to
the interactions and relationships of the client within the family system, and
perhaps community, to see how the client is influenced by, and indeed
influences, the system. It is in this context that the counsellor…
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