The Breakout Heuristic is a welcome volume to anyone interested in Rossi's chronobiological and psychobiological hypotheses of psychotherapy. The overview of his ideas will interest those who are adherents of the naturalistic, or Ericksonian, form of hypnosis.
Offering an entirely new fundamental model of hypnosis from an Ericksonian perspective, this book is valuable to the beginning and intermediate practitioner who wants to add hypnotherapy into clinical practice. It provides a comprehensive genealogy (an Ericksonian family tree), testimony to Dr. Erickson’s significant influence; deconstructs the key concepts of hypnosis; presents real-life cases, dispels myths; and demystifies the process of eliciting trance.
The syncretic evolution of their approaches implies a synthesis of different psychotherapeutic traditions: the Palo Alto School and the pragmatics of communication; the pure Ericksonian approach; the evolution of medical hypnosis; the application of experimental hypnosis and the rigorous hypnotic stratagems in brief therapy. TranceForming Ericksonian Methods is not only a treatise on hypnosis and hypnotic therapies. “It is also an innovative contribution to psychotherapy, because it summarizes and combines different renowned and appraised models of therapeutic intervention.”