This essay is going to highlight the similarly and differences of the models and their main focus, and how the two models Gerald Egan The Skilled Helper and Steve De-Shazer Solution Focused Therapy will help the clients choose goals that best fit their environment and resources. The aim of using these models is to help people.
“…To manage their problems in living more effectively and develop opportunities more fully”, and to “help people become better at helping themselves in their everyday lives.” (Egan G, 1998 p.7-8).
There are many other therapists that have adapted their theories from Brief Therapy, for example: Bill O`Hanlon, Eric Erickson, all the models provides a structured and solution focused basis for counsellors.
Brief therapy is an umbrella term for a variety of approaches to psychotherapy. Milton Erickson was the founder and master of Brief Therapy, there are several therapeutic approach delivered by different Theorists such as SFBT, CBT and Egan Skilled Helper Model also Haley identified and popularised several strategies that Erickson repeated in his approach in brief therapy
Firstly this essay is going to outline, The Skilled Helper model, developed by Gerald Egan. This model offers an organized approach to helping individuals to focus on important ways to reach valued outcomes in their lives. This skilled helper emphasis is on helping the clients move from their present scenarios to their preferred scenarios with goals settings, and problem solving strategy. The Skilled Helper Model is an elected based counselling process;
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