post from a few days ago: "what do you think about using those three steps with a friend or family member who is having trouble?" Here are my thoughts on this issue.
In itself these solution-focused steps are likely to work too when talking with a friend or family member. But there is one thing which I advise you to be careful about when helping a friend or relative. Sometimes when you use these types of techniques with friends or family they may hold back or object. This may have to do with them having some trouble with you changing your role from a friendship role to a (sort of) professional role. This perceived change of role may confuse them or even irritate them. They may feel that this would suddenly make the relationship unequal. My suggestion would be to be careful when providing professional help to close ones by explicitly checking if they want help and if they want you to help them. When the answer is 'no' it's probably best to accept it.