At the beginning of each therapy, the therapist seeks to socialize or join with the client.  By joining with the client, the therapist seeks to adopt to the client’s epistemology and way of life.  The solution-focused/ solution-oriented therapist is interested in building on what is working in the client’s life (Lawson & Prevatt, 1999).  The initial meeting with the client the therapist seeks to explore positive influences and things in the client’s life that is going well that the client can continue to do.

Lawson, D. M., Prevatt, F. F. (1999). Casebook in Family Therapy. Wadsworth Publishing Company: Belmont, CA.