The Centre for Solution Focused Practice

How to access counselling or therapy

Self-Referring and Fee-Paying

For those people referring themselves it is best to telephone BRIEF to make an arrangement to meet with a member of the counselling team.

Appointments can normally be offered within 2 weeks. Work starts from the time of the first contact and the average number of sessions at BRIEF is around 4. It is impossible to predict exactly how long any one piece of work will last but it will be for the person coming to decide when he or she is confident to finish. Appointments are rarely at one-week intervals, more normally with longer gaps between sessions and with the gap lengthening as change is evident. BRIEF is open Monday to Friday with most appointments taking place during office hours.

BRIEF is an independent organisation which is entirely self-funding. For self-referring clients paying for themselves the standard charge is £100.00 per session for individuals and £150.00 per session for couples and families.

Free therapy

BRIEF is Europe's largest training centre in the solution focused approach. If you would be happy for your sessions to be viewed by course participants, or if you would be prepared for your sessions to be recorded on DVD and those DVDs to be used on training programmes then there is the possibility that therapy can be offered at no charge.

If you would like to contact BRIEF for more information, please click HERE to visit the contacts page.


How can we think about the client’s ‘best hopes’?

There are things that continue to puzzle me about the Solution Focused approach – not just interest me but really puzzle me. And the main one that I find myself thinking about over and over is to do with the client’s response to the ‘best hopes’ question. How should we think about the client’s response, what name should we give it, and how should the client’s answer be connected to the rest of the work? Evan George shares some very provisional thoughts.

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