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(p. 205) Conclusion
(p. 205) Conclusion

Duncan Law

and Mick Cooper

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date: 30 May 2020

This conclusion draws together the main themes of Working with goals in counselling and psychotherapy and revisits complex reasons people choose to engage in therapy. It explores the debate around the use, and usefulness, of goals in therapy. It sees the question ‘What do you want?’ as central to the therapeutic endeavour; but sees this a deceptively simple question that draws on complex psychological processes and requires great therapeutic skills to help clients answer. The chapter argues that therapeutic goals are about how therapists can help clients start in therapy, how therapists can remain flexible and open to changes in the directions that therapy may take, and how therapists can be as helpful as possible in joining clients on their journeys. The chapter concludes that the best kind of therapy is the one that best fits the goals, wants, needs, preferences, and context of the client.

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