Counselling Wagga Wagga is not a crisis service, it is a counselling service for issues such as relationships, family conflict, work stress, anxiety, depression and relationships conflict to name a few. If you require a crisis service please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Why not see what Wagga Wagga Counselling & Associates can do for you and your relationships

Are you struggling at work? Disappointed in your relationship?  Unhappy and depressed? Make an appointment today, Why wait? We focus on solutions!

Medicare rebates are possible, conditions apply.

Dr Stephanie Johnson is also a registered NDIS provider and Medicare provider.

Stephanie has a PhD and is interested in trauma, PTSD, women’s depression and children with Autism.

What is Solution Focused Counselling?

Solution focused counselling focuses on solutions rather than the problems themselves. As such it highlights people’s strengths and competences instead of their perceived deficits, weaknesses and limitations.

This shift in paradigm is dramatically different from previous counselling techniques that concentrated on identifying problems and trying to explain their origins. Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg were the founders of solution focused therapy in the 1980′s both were based in USA. Sadly both have pass away  recently.

There are several assumptions that provide the framework of solution focused counselling.

  • All people have strengths and inner resources to solve life’s challenges.
  • “Change is one of life’s constants”. Not only is change possible it is always happening.
  • The counsellor’s role in the therapy session is to help each client identify the change that is occurring and to help them increase that level of change.
  • We do not need to know what caused a problem to be able to solve it.
  • Change begins with small steps
  • The client is  the expert in their life.
  • The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem
  • If its not working, do something different

What are the benefits and potential risks of Solution Focused Counselling?

The primary benefit of solution focused counselling is that the client finds solutions to their problems. This can result in a reduction in the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression and interpersonal
relationships may improve. Another benefit of solution focused counselling is that the client and counsellor identify clear goals at the start. As a result of this the client and counsellor will both know what success looks like and therefore can easily identify when counselling is no longer required.

As with all forms of therapy, solution focused counselling can result in major life changes, such as a change in job, the beginning or ending of relationships etc. Major life changes such as these can be seen as a positive (a benefit) or as very difficult (a risk) by the client and/or the client’s friends, family, partner etc. However in the end it is the client’s decision what life changes they make.

O’Hanlon, W. and Weiner-Davis, M. In Search of Solutions: A New Direction in Psychotherapy. W. W. Norton
& Company, Inc.: New York 1989.
 Solution focused counselling

Make an appointment today, Why wait in misery? Contact Stephanie Johnson for more information, using the contact page above.

Based in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Afternoon and evening appointments available for greater client flexibility.