Simple because they want to make changes in their life!
Clients enter counselling for any number of reasons. Sometimes they will be aware of what they want to discuss and change and sometimes they will be very confused.
The first stage of counselling involves the client talking through their concerns whilst the counsellor listens and makes sure that they understand. The client needs to feel heard and not judged. With young people this can involve play therapy. In order to enter the clients world the relevant materials need to be used in order to make psychological contact. As issues are explored, client and counsellor gain an understanding on the focus and changes start to take effect.
Goal setting, planning and measuring results can therefore be a part of this stage.
“If you always do what you’ve always done you will always have what you’ve always had”