Solution focused counselling accepts that the client has reached out for support due to difficulties being present, but these issues do not need to be explored in depth to help the client move forwards. Instead, the approach focuses on how the client is managing despite the problem, and the strategies, resources and people that are helping them to cope. It helps the client to remember their own resilience and that the problem is a piece of a larger picture.
The client is seen as the expert in the room and the counsellor is there to help and support the client. Together, they collaborate on a dialogue about what the client would like to be different and what this may be achieved.