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William “Bill” O’Hanlon (1952– ) is a practicing therapist, writer, motivational speaker, and consultant widely known for his contributions to the development of the solution-oriented counseling approach. A student of Milton Erickson and early collaborator with other practitioner-theorists such as Steven De Shazer and Michele Weiner-Davis, O’Hanlon now refers to his model of counseling and psychotherapy as possibility therapy to allow room for clients to discuss problems alongside discussion of their strengths, competencies, and solutions.

Raised in the Chicago, Illinois, area, O’Hanlon grew up in a large Irish Catholic family. As one of eight children, including two half brothers from his father’s first marriage, O’Hanlon experienced his family of origin as a village. He recalls his family needing to remodel the attic into another shared bedroom ...

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