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Depression is one of the most common mental health issues for which clients seek psychotherapy. This book supplies clinicians with effective tools and concepts of strategic and solution-oriented applications. These create or increase strengths, abilities, and competencies in clients while quickly initiating changes in their actions and perceptions. These creative, effective methods will help clients transcend their depression.
With a Foreword by Bob Bertolino, PhD
Due to be published in June 2022.
Paul J. Leslie
Paperback, e-Book, Print & e-Book
This book will assist therapists in easily implementing the concepts of strategic and solution-oriented applications into one’s therapeutic work with depressed clients. The focus of these brief therapy approaches is on the clients’ resources and potential rather than on their deficits and pathology. These ideas have their roots in the work of Milton H. Erickson, the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, and Bill O’Hanlon’s Solution Oriented Therapy. The methods and applications recognise the significance of how clients perceive their problems, the importance on assisting clients to be validated and understood in the realm of their experiences, and the creation of change in their views and actions concerning their individual situations.
Perceptions and Possibilities is designed to assist therapists in finding new ways of moving their therapy sessions away from an entrenched focus on client pathology. Instead, therapists are encouraged towards brief and effective interactions with a focus on future-oriented possibilities. Paul Leslie presents established and cutting-edge research, colourful case studies, and stories told in everyday language to engage, educate, and aid mental health professionals. The aim is to enable them to understand how to easily adapt and apply creative and resourceful therapy interventions to help clients who are suffering from depression.
This book is highly recommended for psychologists, counsellors, and psychotherapists, particularly those who are interested in exploring brief therapies, postmodern/Ericksonian approaches, and solution-focused, systemic, and strategic therapies.
Dr. Paul J. Leslie is a psychotherapist, researcher, trainer, and author in Aiken, South Carolina. He specialises in resource-directed approaches to working with individuals and families. Paul is a licensed therapist in the states of Georgia and South Carolina, and a National Board Certified Fellow in Hypnotherapy. He has a doctorate in Counseling Psychology and is presently the coordinator of the psychology program at Aiken Technical College. He has authored eight books including Transforming Themes: Creative Perspectives on Therapeutic Interaction and Potential not Pathology: Helping Your Clients Transform Using Ericksonian Psychotherapy. Paul is a popular trainer of mental health professionals in the areas of solution-based therapies, Ericksonian hypnosis, and creative therapy applications. His website is www.drpaulleslie.com.
About the author
Foreword by Bob Bertolino, PhD
Chapter 1: Strategies, solutions, and depression
Chapter 2: Theoretical foundation for a strategic and solution-oriented approach
Chapter 3: Assessment and intervention planning
Chapter 4: Changing perceptions
Chapter 5: Altering and interrupting patterns
Chapter 6: Using metaphors, analogies, and stories
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