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This book reconceives brief therapy in light of post-modern and pragmatic thinking. The result is personal consultation with a focus on conversation and inquiries that gently guide the pursuit of desire. This approach embraces a diversity of longings, goals, and ways of being in the world. The key question, underlying both the authors’ research and their consultative conversations, is how can we create a space for dialogue and wonder, where purpose, preferences, and possibilities can emerge? Each inquiry is illustrated by case excerpts that show where this approach diverges from strategic and solution-focused questioning. The situations are difficult – crack addiction, marital separation, suicidal despair, etc. and yet the consultant’s stance of being curious with the client leads to signs of hope and pathways towards a better future.