Strengths-based counselling: using an individualized strengths-based approach

WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS? EVEN WHEN LIFE IS VERY DIFFICULT WE CAN WORK WITH YOUR STRENGTHS. What are your unique skills or abilities? They can help you deal with challenges in your life, help you achieve your goals or be the keys that help you find meaning and purpose in your life.

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Strengths-based counselling and psychotherapy focusses on the client’s strengths, capacities, desires, interests, talents, competencies, aspirations, abilities, knowledge, potentials, environmental resources and resilience.

Therapy is possibility-focussed rather than problem-focussed. The client is regarded as the expert and the therapist works collaboratively with them; empowerment of the client is a major objective.

The therapist helps the client to identify and draw upon their strengths. The focus is on the client’s abilities  rather than their shortcomings, symptoms or difficulties. The possibility of growth and change or more effective coping is assumed. Each client has a unique set of strengths and abilities that he/she can use to deal with their problems. The client is encouraged to cultivate their interests and build their own strengths to pursue their goals.

Note that strengths-based counselling does not disregard a client’s pain and struggles. However the emphasis is not on their deficiencies, weaknesses, and problems as seen by others. It is considered that clients will do better in the long run when they are helped to identify, recognize, and use the strengths and resources available in themselves and their environment. This perspective also enables clients, who often lack confidence and feel like failures when seeking services, to have improved self-esteem. The counsellor/psychotherapist can help the client determine how they have strived despite adverse circumstances.


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Strengths-based counselling involves the counsellor and client collaborating to find past and present successes and use these to address current challenges being faced by the client.

My role as a counsellor/psychotherapist is not only to help people heal, though this is of course extremely important in the work I do. Another of my roles is to work with people who do not have a mental illness but are feeling a lack of fulfilment, a lack of meaning and purpose or a lack of self-esteem.


This is a strengths-based exercise for building self-esteem.

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