Richard Nelson-Jones, in his book Practical Counselling Skills, identifies five main types of counseling interview (or business advisory session.)
|Types of business advisory session||Description|
|The development session||Major emphasis is on the development of the person rather than on any specific need, problem or decision.|
|The problem-focused session||Based on helping clients identify and overcome one or more specific problems.|
|The decision-making session||Where the client needs assistance to make one or more specific decisions.|
|The crisis session||The client has difficulty coping and is under strain.|
|The supportive session||When clients need extra support to help them through an awkward or difficult phase.|
It is likely that most business advisory sessions will be development, problem focused or decision-making, although clients will frequently be looking for support and encouragement and, on occasion, need help to resolve crises.