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Richard Bolstad
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21 Mar 2002
The RESOLVE framework integrates NLPs effective brief therapy and the personal encounter of psychotherapy. Using techniques that access the deeper structure of the brain for fast, permanent change, RESOLVE demonstrates how to: - identify the techniques that work for each client - create a relationship that empowers - introduce changes in life-approach - access inner skills, strategies and strengths - ensure that change occurs in the deeper brain structures where older patterns of behaviour were first laid down - recognise stages in the therapeutic process, and respond most effectively for that stage. Richard gives examples from his work with PTSD in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and with addictions, depression, anxiety conditions, personality disorders and psychoses in clinical practice in New Zealand and elsewhere. His framework is wonderfully clear and easy to follow for all those wishing to make fundamental life changes quickly and effectively.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing (21 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899836845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899836840
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A useful guide for those who new to NLP and experienced practitioners who want to develop their skills. This accessible text is particularly useful for healthcare practitioners who want to know more about how persuasion can change attitudes. The book provides a comprehensive guide to the application of NLP within psychotherapy and powerfully describes potential positive outcomes for both therapists and service users. Chapter 2 specifically deals with how emotional states effect the brain and Chapter 3 focuses upon intervention choices and how to change submodalities. Chapter 4 considers specific disorders and acknowledges the difficulty of helping complex cases. The author defines difficult and technical terms such as 'trancework' and 'parts integration' and provides a straightforward account of the principles underlying NLP. The second half of the book is dedicated to exploring 'choices for change' and using advanced NLP techniques within established theoretical models such as Motivational Interviewing. A particular strength of the book is that it makes generous use of case transcripts to demonstrate the practical application of NLP techniques in counselling and psychotherapy. Overall this is a very accessible text, which clearly explains the subject and is highly recommended for clinicians' students and laypeople alike. Andy Young, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, Sheffield Hallam University --Andy Young, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, Sheffield Hallam University

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Richard Bolstad PhD is a certified trainer with the International NLP Association. He has a doctorate in clinical hypnotherapy and is a member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists. He has taught the RESOLVE model to psychotherapists and counsellors around the world. He is a co-author of the acclaimed book, "The Structure of Personality".

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Covering of NLP in Practice 23 Dec 2005
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I am amazed at how much information Richard Bolstad has packed into barely 200 pages. This is the most widely researched and referenced NLP book I have read; and it is extremely well written too. With a relaxed, readable style, Dr Bolstad gives superb coverage of the main tools in NLP, linking them to other psycho-therapeutic approaches, and providing some really useful case studies of the techniques in practice. In the second part of the book he presents his RESOLVE framework for working with NLP - simple but effective. This is not a "how to book" (other books will give you step-by-step instructions for NLP techniques) so a good working knowledge of NLP will help you get the most from this book, but for the experienced NLPer, or someone from a background in other psychological approaches, this is a must read. I can't put into words how much I enjoyed this book. Well written, fantastically researched, and incredibly practical, this jumps straight into my top 3 NLP books. If you work with NLP, get this book!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to sort for success... 6 July 2005
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This book is a real gem... At last an up-to-date and evidence-based framework for NLP as a therapy. Contained within this book is a robust and effective model for integrating some of the diverse elements of NLP into a coherent and cohesive whole.

Alongside some of the author's articles on specific work with 'psychiatric' populations (available via his website) this book usefully reformulates psychiatric nominalisations/inductions such as 'borderline personality disorder' and 'schizophrenia' into NLP terms and understandings and then provides the model through which the NLP practitioner can effectively help the person to make useful changes...

Whats more there are some interesting ideas about state dependant memories and learning which offer a brain/neurological based understanding of parts and unconscious process and how to use such a model within therapeutic work which I have found very useful in my clinical practice...

All in all, quality stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NLP plus wisdom 17 Sep 2010
in my view:

unlike lots of pure talking therapies, does not leave the client alone with insight and no practical methods to explore the changed self;

unlike pure NLP, does not deny the client telling and re-experiencing their story, a witness and a better parenting experience.

also he compares NLP change techniques with a host of other traditional therapeutic approaches which enriched my other knowledge.

finally, NLP Therapy without the fanfare. thanks mate.

Awww! gedit!

Peace, Love and good things.

Ez. London.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than NLP as usual, A pragmatic approach for therapists and change consultants 11 Mar 2007
By Richard F. Liotta - Published on
I am a Clinical Psychologist (Ph.D). I have used NLP as a component of what I do as a psychotherapist for many years. I think this book is excellent on several levels. It is an NLP book, but it is more than that. It comes from an NLP perspective and does very well explaining and synthesizing the use of the NLP in the context of psychotherapy. What is unique about the book is that it links NLP techniques with the models used by other forms of therapy. Further it sites research, gives quality examples, and makes connections between several diverse approaches.

First the book provides a useful discussion of how NLP relates to neurology. It discusses several aspects of the model (representational, systems, submodalities, emotional states, etc.) and relates it how the brain functions. A discussion of the state-dependent qualities of neural encoding and the implications of this for intervention was fascinating. I have read many NLP books and Dr. Bolstad's presentation of this material was the clearest, most science based, linkage between NLP and how the brain functions that I have read.

The next section of the book categorizes NLP interventions into ten categories (such as anchoring, tasking, and linguistic reframing etc.) and goes through each, gives a case example, and then describes how these processes are evident in other models of psychotherapy. This section left me wanting more, as it was both provocative and integrative.

The last major section of the book presents the RESOLVE model, which is essentially a brief solution focused psychotherapy approach, informed by NLP propositions (and presuppositions). Because of the ideas the author chooses to explain and explore this was much more than his slant on brief therapy. For instance he describes a Personal Strengths model, relating NLP terms to Jung's model of personality! The implications of his model to choosing the appropriate interventions are very useful and compelling.

In sum this book impressed me. It is packed with useful information, explanation, and ideas to consider. It is extensively referenced, citing research, other NLP developers' ideas, and indeed non-NLP models of change. This is not a book focused on NLP "pyrotechnics" (his term), rather it is integrative and practical. It notes that NLP frames are useful for explaining what therapist from many orientations do, while respecting what others do. Psychotherapist, NLP practitioners and trainers, and researchers should read this book. I recommend it very highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Useful 19 Jun 2013
By Susan Thrasher - Published on
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I purchased this book a couple of years ago, shortly after doing my NLP training with author Richard Bolstad. I bought it thinking it would be a concise summary of what we'd learned under his tutelage. (Richard, incidentally, is an outstanding teacher.) At first, for practical purposes, I found myself referring more to Richard's extensive course manuals. But with time, this book has become more and more for me a profoundly useful source of guidance, inspiration, and understanding.

This is probably not the ideal book for the casual layman who knows nothing about NLP or therapy and just wants to learn a little about it. It IS a good book for anyone--with NLP experience or not--who is working with clients in a therapeutic setting. It IS a very worthwhile purchase for anyone studying psychology at university-level who wants a better understanding of how and why we think and behave the way we do, and how changes in thinking and behaviour can occur, resolving many of life's issues. Bolstad's summary of what's going on behind psychological "dis-eases" like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and addiction is more concise, useful and insightful than anything I encountered in the standard psychology texts I studied at uni. And of course "Resolve" IS an excellent book for anyone with an NLP background who wants a solid, well-researched summary of the basics in this under-rated field of therapy.

Packed with clear explanations, real-life examples, and sound summaries of research, this book bears repeated readings and dippings-into.
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4.0 out of 5 stars NLP and other therapy models 24 Aug 2007
By Eduard Drudis - Published on
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Dr. Bolstad presents his model, RESOLVE (NLP based), along with an interesting explanation of the different views other therapy methods. I am in an basic NLP knowledge level so it was very clarifying for me. And, I think, it could be for other people in my level
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Combination 1 Feb 2008
By Teddi Prasetya - Published on
Bolstad did a great job by combining NLP standard explanation with scientific explanation. Good start for psychotherapist and everyone who interested in deepening their understanding of NLP change model.
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