Vistas Online 2012

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


Solution-Focused Counseling for Eating Disorders

Clayton V. Martin, Jeffrey T. Guterman, and Karen Shatz


In this article, solution-focused counseling (Guterman, 1996, 1998, 2006; Guterman & Leite, 2006; Guterman, Mecias, & Ainbinder, 2005; Rudes & Guterman, 2005) is presented as an effective treatment for eating disorders. Solution-focused counseling is a comprehensive clinical model that has been influenced by the pioneering work of Steve de Shazer (1985, 1988, 1991, 1994) and his colleagues (de Shazer et al., 1986; Molnar & de Shazer, 1987) at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We have found solution-focused counseling to be a fitting model for eating disorders because it is a strength-based approach that emphasizes clients' existing and potential resources. Solution-focused counseling offers an alternative to the prevailing problem-focused treatment approaches for eating disorders that might provoke resistance during the change process. In addition, this model is distinct from the solution-focused approach developed by de Shazer (1985, 1988, 1991, 1994) insofar as it incorporates features of primary importance to counseling, including a multicultural perspective and an eclectic approach (Guterman, 1996, 2006; Guterman & Leite, 2006; Guterman et al., 2005; Rudes & Guterman, 2005).

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