Bill O'Hanlon will demonstrate the gentle power of using stories to create change in therapy through two clinical demonstrations. Come witness
the fun and evocative way stories can invite people into change.
This demonstration will show how activating a client’s creative process is the key factor in generative psychotherapy. This process follows four steps:
1) Identifying a goal (A positive change or transforming a negative pattern),
2) Developing a generative state,
3) Utilizing the generative state to creatively achieve the goal, and
4) Guiding the session changes into real life achievement.
Personal disturbance is accompanied by feelings of disconnection within one’s self and with others. Reconnection is accomplished when
the therapist guides the patient into a fertile conversational stream - a moment to moment impetus toward personal resolution.
Based on the meticulous work of Ivan Pavlov, the Foreground-Background process involves using the "foreground" and "background" of perception with respect to a problem situation and a resource experience to create a quick and seemingly “magical” change. Usually, what is foregrounded in the experience of a problem or resource is quite different. The background of the two experiences, however, often shares many features which can be used to create bridge to resourceful experiences, leading to a transformation of the problem experience that is gentle, unconscious and effortless.
In a 1964/2008 paper MHE documented how "hypnosis was used for the specific purpose of placing the burden of responsibility for therapeutic results upon the patient himself after he reached a definite conclusion that therapy would not help and that a last resort would be a hypnotic 'miracle'.” I will first demonstrate how to gently shift this "burden of responsibility for therapeutic results" in a brief, easy-to-learn group process with the entire audience. Time permitting, anyone who feels they have failed during this group process may volunteer for a therapeutic experience with me in front of the entire audience.