This presentation poses a substance abuse treatment which acknowledges and accommodates the personal needs being addressed by substance use, bypasses perceived resistance and employs idiosyncratic psycho-biological learning to achieve a body-mind Gestalt complementary to the client's sobriety. Client self-empowerment and relapse prevention are built into the intervention. This method develops a safe framework for addressing any subsequent mental health themes directly or indirectly related to substance misuse. A simple form of bodymind communication, known as ideomotor questioning, is employed in this procedure. Because this is a new strategy, fundamental information applicable to all levels of professional experience, will be provided.
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Bart Walsh, MSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. He has practiced in the Portland area since 1987, maintaining the highest professional ethical standards. He directs Affinity Counseling and Hypnosis as well as The Milton H. Erickson Institute of Portland. Bart's orientation to counseling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy is essentially a strengths perspective with a solution focus. The strengths perspective acknowledges all the strengths, resources and instinctual imperatives within an individual that have helped the individual get to the present moment. The strengths perspective helps scan for the resources needed to resolve or modify the concern that is brought to treatment.