Even from a Broken Web: Brief, Respectful Solution-Oriented Therapy for Sexual Abuse and Trauma by Bill O'Hanlon, Bob Bertolino
"Anger and tendernessmy selves. And now I can believe they breathe in me as angels and not as polarities. Anger and tendernessthe spider’s genius. To spin and weave in one moment anywhere. Even from a broken web." Adrienne Rich Survivors of sexual abuse often feel at war with certain aspects of themselves or their feelingsanger, fear, sexuality, memory, even physical sensationsthe web of self is broken. In solution-oriented therapy for sexual abuse and trauma, the therapist’s task is to help people learn to "spin and weave" at onceto reclaim parts of themselves that they have dissociated, disowned, or devalued as a result of their trauma. Even from a Broken Web gives therapists the tools to help clients spin these disparate fibers into a single resilient thread and weave a new fabric of self in which every aspect of one’s personality is recognized, valued, and cherished. Acclaim for Even from A Broken Web "Bill O’Hanlon and Bob Bertolino have done an excellent job in writing Even from a Broken Web. It is a remarkably lucid, poignant, insightful, and helpful guide for all those, therapists and clients alike, struggling to come to terms with sexual abuse and its sequelae. The authors convey so muchencouragement, excellent information, solutions, tenderness, even humor. I highly recommend this well-written book!" Stephen Gilligan, author of The Courage to Love
BILL O’HANLON, MS, is one of the developers of solution-oriented therapy. He has written and lectured extensively worldwide on the application of this time-sensitive treatment model. He is also the author of Taproots: Underlying Principles of Milton Erickson’s Therapy and Hypnosis, In Search of Solutions: A New Direction in Psychotherapy (with Michele Weiner-Davis), An Uncommon Casebook (with Angela Hexum), and Rewriting Love Stories: Brief Marital Therapy (with Patricia O’Hanlon Hudson). BOB BERTOLINO, LCSW, MA, is a licensed professional counselor who has taught workshops in solution-oriented, possibility-oriented collaborative therapies and therapeutic hypnosis. He has written, coauthored, edited, and coedited several journal articles, book chapters, and books, including the forthcoming book Therapy with Troubled Teenagers: Rewriting Young Lives in Progress. Bob is the Juvenile Justice Coordinator at Youth in Need, Inc. in St. Charles, Missouri. He also provides therapist supervision and training through his consultation services, Therapeutic Collaborations.