Persuading OCD clients to adopt a new frame of reference is the therapist's primary task. Altering perception--not adding technique--helps them change directions, because belief always trumps exposure practice. Participants will learn a persuasive strategy--built out of whole cloth within the first session--that will frame the entire treatment protocol.
Fundamental in Ericksonian work is expansion of perspectives rather than removing problems. Learning to hear underlying meanings in clients’ stories, enlarging those and then presenting new perspectives in direct and indirect ways clients are willing to hear will be demonstrated with a volunteer. There will be discussion and audience questions.
Ericksonian hypnotherapy and strategic approaches promote experiential methods of change. In combination they can be synergistic. Psychotherapy is best when clients have the experience of an alive, goal-oriented therapeutic process. Such dynamic empowering experiences pave the way for new understandings and growth-oriented possibilities.