Solution Focused Addictions Counselling
Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.
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"A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimension."

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Solution Focused Counselling (Part 2)
Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac., A.D.S.

"What is Solution Focused Counselling?" you might have wondered.

According to Marilyn Atkinson, "Solution Focused approaches have expanded rapidly in the 90's as a number of evolving therapeutic areas have been integrated into the expanding synthesis that sparked the original Ericksonian and Neuro-linguistic formulation. With hundreds of contributors, Solution-focused approaches, including NLP, developed through the 90's to become a remarkable integration of disciplines such as neurology, psychology, linguistics, cybernetics, accelerated learning technologies and systems theory, as well as an eclectic variety of effective business coaching and healing practices.

Solution-focused methodologies have resulted from the expansion of historical Neuro-Linguistic approaches. Their integration with other healing pratices and bodies of knowledge has provided a powerful synthesis which is at the heart of the "Advanced Integrated Psychology" developing toward the 21st century and beyond.

Empowerment comes from seeing life from the future rather than from the past, identifying ourselves with the self we are heading towards, rather than our history.

Excellence comes from having many choices and knowing how to reach them. Solution Focused approaches to the future provide enriched patterns of thinking, developed from the natural abilites we have within us. When our strategies are simple and solution-oriented, we can develop effective and compelling futures."

Solution Focused Counselling Technologies are:

  • Efficient and Elegant - the least number of steps for the best results.

  • Engineered - carefully designed and organized for ease of learning and future training.

  • Ethical - oriented to maintain the highest perceived standards of personal and interactional ethics.

  • Ecological - oriented to the well being of the individual client and larger communities where our students become leaders.

"One has not only an ability to perceive the world,
but an ability to alter one's perception of it; more simply,
one can change things by the manner in which one looks at them."

Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues


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