Getting the focus right

Some clients ask for help with particular problems which turn out to be a symptom of something else. For example, I recently worked with a client to overcome her anxiety of meeting new people, in fact her issue was about meeting and working with men, the root of which went back to a childhood encounter.
It is for this reason that I spend time at the beginning of a first session talking with clients about their issues and the background to them. I find this approach to be more useful than the battery of questions used by some therapists to establish client personality types.

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