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Where are you based? (City & Country)
Winksele, Belgium
In which role(s) do you use SF ideas and tools? (You can pick more than one)
Leader, Manager, Coach, Consultant, Trainer
What is your website (if any)?
What is your connection to Solution Focused Work (based on Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer at BFTC Milwaukee and others)?
I work as a coach, trainer & consultant at Ilfaro which I founded together with Liselotte Baeijaert in 2007. I am also trainer and staff member of the Korzybski Institute in Bruges (
I have a background in Philosophy (MA) and History of thought (MA) and followed the 4 year training in Solution Focused Brief Systemic Therapy at the Korzybski Institute in Bruges.

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Swarm intelligence in action

One of my coachees was struggling with a complex problem. A new team member is going to be introduced in two weeks time and an old one took another job. As the new team member needed to be seated close to his newly assigned mentor, this meant that the whole team (they are working in one big room) had to change desks. He was puzzled about how he could make everybody happy. He knew that some of them had preferences: some wanted to be seated close to the desk because they liked the direct…


Posted on July 14, 2011 at 15:17 — 1 Comment

The retreat goes on

Savouring my recollections of the SOL Summer Retreat, one of the phrases that lingers in my mind is Paul Z's: "I could live like this". "Me too!", I thought, "yet, the retreat will be over soon." It was Friday…


Posted on August 30, 2010 at 8:30 — 5 Comments

On the difference between SFT and MT & CBT

At the 2009 EBTA conference in Helsinki Janet Bavelas, Harry Korman and Peter de Jong presented their micro analysis research on the different ways in which Motivational, Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused Brief therapists co-construct the therapeutic reality.…

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 8:13 — 3 Comments

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At 8:29 on October 9, 2012, Gudrun Gaedke said…

Hi Anton, I have been very inspired by the workshop and the way you guided us through. I really appriciate to stay in touch. Gudrun

At 20:19 on April 7, 2011, Rayya Ghul said…
Hi Anton - I would love to come to Hungary but it is programme's Validation event which is the one and only thing I really couldn't give to someone else to do!!  But next year I intend to be there.  The background is easy to do (when you know how ;-)
At 8:36 on January 23, 2011, Monika Houck said…
Hello Anton,
Very much looking forward tonsee you this year at Balaton and learn from you on resilience.
Send you some strong and warm sunbeams
At 10:42 on December 17, 2010, van de Perre said…

Hi Anton,

je bent mijn eerste officiele Sol friend via deze weg :-))

Nog eens een hele dikke merci aan jou & Liselotte voor de super leuke , energieke en inspiratie volle lunch gisteren. Jullie zijn duidelijk fanatastische licht bakens en ik vind het zeer kostbaar dat we samen ideen en vriendshp kunnen delen .

hoop dat jullie vandaag een super toffe oefen dag hebben


lieve groeten



At 10:10 on December 7, 2010, Phil Aspden said…
I just wanted to say thank you to you and Liselotte for some inspiration you have unknowingly given me! - I have adapted your anchors and buoys exercise from the 57 activities book. I was stuck with how to get 2 new university departments to consider areas of collaboration, I read your exercise and realised I could use it slightly differently.
Islands are the key areas of expertise/ operation, Buoys in different colours are where each dept believes it has good experience and expertise and finally anchors are where, knowing what they know abut the future - they see the best areas for collaboration and partnership. These depts are geospatial depts so the marine metaphor is perfect.
Thanks again
At 10:28 on August 27, 2010, George Agafitei said…
hi, Anton, thanks for your invitation, it seems that I have tech difficulties; i thought I sent u an invitation last night; that is life; how is your kid and what is about the homesick you have mentioned in a previous mail?
At 14:28 on August 23, 2010, Julia Kalenberg said…
Hi Anton, it was such a wonderful experience to know you a little bit more during the summer retreat. Thanks especially for your presentation about your project - it initiated many interesting discussions about "what can we do to make the world a little better".
Wish you all the best, hugs, Julia
At 7:16 on August 23, 2010, Carin Mussmann said…
Hi Anton I'm not sure that I had the possibility to say good by to you. Exploring Liselotte's and your work workshops at several conferences made me sure, this will be the right week for me. And I got even more. Thank you both for the wonderful engagement.

At 21:14 on August 22, 2010, Urs Limacher Koechlin said…
Dear Anton back home safely? Have a good restart! And maybe a little bit unreasonable...? Hug Urs

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Quote of the month

"Life isn't scripted."
Motto of a Canadian improv group

Quote of last month

"...dass Nachdenken und Entscheiden zweierlei ist, dass Nachdenken weder die richtige noch überhaupt eine Entscheidung hervorbringen muss, die Entscheidung vielmehr so kompliziert und schwierig machen kann, dass es lähmt." Nachdenken verlangt Zeit, Entscheiden verlangt Mut.
Bernhard Schlink, Der Vorleser, p. 302.

TIP for trainers:
On the SFBTA website you can download the Instructor's Resource Manual and the Learner's Workbook for "Interviewing for Solutions". Very useful exercises ... and it's for free!




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