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Evolving Possibilities
Selected Works of Bill O'Hanlon

ISBN 9781138009714
Published December 1, 2014 by Routledge
226 Pages

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Book Description

First Published in 1999. When we attend a workshop or read a book, we usually encounter the end result of someone's research, theorizing, or contemplation. However, it is often true that the process of reaching that end-point is just as informative as the end-point itself. Evolving Possibilities is just such a look at the process. In a way, it offers a behind-the-scenes look at Bill O'Hanlon's approach to therapy.

This book is a collection of twenty essays and articles written or co-written by Bill O'Hanlon. They span a time period from 1986 to the present. The articles are grouped into four different approaches to psychotherapy: Ericksonian/Strategic Approaches, Solution-Oriented Therapy, Possibility Therapy, and Inclusive Therapy. Moving through these four groups of essays, the reader has the unique opportunity to witness the evolution and transformation of a therapist's thoughts regarding a variety of therapeutic issues. The book offers a refreshing, open look at one therapist's attempts to make sense of psychotherapy, including views that have sparked debate within the professional community. By offering a private look into Bill O'Hanlon's public persona, Evolving Possibilities provides the reader with a thought-provoking study in professional development that is of interest to anyone engaged in the pursuit of more effective psychotherapeutic techniques and approaches.

Table of Contents

Phase I: Ericksonian/Strategic Approaches. Milton Erickson: An Uncommon Therapist - Part I. Milton Erickson: An Uncommon Therapist - Part II. What Constitutes an Ericksonian Approach? Custom Reframing: The Use of Analogies for a Change. The Use of Metaphor to Treat Somatic Complaints in Therapy. The Tape Recorder. CureContextual Pattern Intervention: Integrating Individual and Interactional Approaches to the Treatment of Bulimia and Bingeing. Not Strategic, Not Systemic: Still Clueless After All These Years. Phase II: Solution-Oriented Therapy. Solution-Oriented Therapy: A Megatrend in Psychotherapy. Take Two People and Call Them in the Morning: Brief Solution-Oriented Treatment of Depression. Accountability in Psychotherapy: A Quality Assurance Method. History Becomes Herstory: Collaborative Solution-Oriented Therapy of the Aftereffects of Sexual Abuse. Fragments for a Therapeutic Autobiography. Debriefing Myself: When a Brief Therapist Does Long-Term Work. Phase III: Possibility Therapy. Possibility Therapy: From Iatrogenic Injury to Iatrogenic Healing.My Guess Syndrome. DSM-V: A Modest Proposal. Frozen in Time: Possibility Therapy with Adults Who Were Sexually Abused as Children. Possibility Therapy with Families. Phase IV: Inclusive Therapy. What's the Story? Narrative Therapy and the Third Wave of Psychotherapy.

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