Brief counselors find that helping clients set goals is a valued process that enhances client movement from where they currently are to a desired state in the future.

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We do attach importance to identifying clearly the problem behavior – what it is, in what way it is seen as a problem, and by whom…

A problem by our definition is an ongoing difficulty.

The commonest mistake is for the therapist to conceal his intimidation.

If the work constraints are as he says, he will be better off if he either learns to live with the problem or finds ways to rearrange his work schedule so that it will permit his planning on treatment.“I think it only fair to tell you that you are setting up almost impossible odds if you are hoping to work on a problem while never being able to plan appointments ahead of time.”Who is doing what that presents a problem, to whom, and how does such behavior constitute a problem?

If an answer is not clear and specific, the therapist should not act as if it is, but rather say, “I’m not clear on that,” taking the overt onus on himself (instead of saying, “You’re too vague”).

It is better for a therapist to appear dull and slow than to feign understanding when matters are not really clear.“How do you see me as being helpful in dealing with that problem?These are not mutually exclusive from characteristics of other counseling approaches, but taken together they give brief counseling its uniqueness.The nine characteristics are: What is the nature of goals in brief counseling?Littrell helps the client increase his sense of agency and see that he has more choices than he is currently aware of, which helps the client develop a concrete set of goals for change.Brief counseling has nine defining characteristics (Littrell & Zinck, 2004).Brief counselors have numerous maps to guide their thinking about change.