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Behavioural Addictions: Hypothesis of Treatment with Counselling


Strategic counseling is based on the principles which regulate short strategic psychotherapy. Strategic counseling can be used in a variety of fields and contexts and starts from the assumption that the person wants to make a change in his life. At personal level counseling improves self-knowledge in people and the use of their strengths in social and professional interaction contexts and with their reference groups. In social and institutional contexts, it is possible to promote better management of resources towards achieving shared goals.  As regards behavioral addictions, the "relational" strategic counseling is a good tool to increase awareness of these behaviors by establishing a relationship between counselor and patient. Strategic counseling uses specific techniques to promote change in people, starting with their own self-awareness. The therapeutic alliance with the counselor guarantees the reduction of the time between the beginning of therapy and its end. Strategic short counseling involves various stages of change from refusing your condition to awareness about your coping and problem solving skills. The counselor and the patient succeed, through the relationship, to create a cooperative environment to break the vicious circle and to create a virtuous circle that is intended to promote a constructive change in the patient through work based on the present and the future.


Valeria Saladino, Psychologist and PhD StudentĀ  - University of Cassino and Southern Lazio and Inst itute for the study of Psychotherapy


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