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Therapy is successful when clients are able to experience significantly changed realities. While the identification and transformation of symptoms is important in this regard, the activation of the client's creative capacity to make positive changes is even more important. This paper will explore how the 6-step model of Generative Psychotherapy provides a disciplined yet flexible process for helping clients claim and use their agency for creative change.
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Stephen Gilligan Ph.D., is a Psychologist in Encinitas, CA. He was one of the original NLP students at UC Santa Cruz; Milton Erickson and Gregory Bateson were his mentors. After receiving his psychology doctorate from Stanford University, he became one of the premier teachers and practitioners of Ericksonian hypnotherapy. This work unfolded into his original approaches of Self-Relations and Generative Self, and then further (in collaboration with Robert Dilts) into Generative Coaching. These different traditions have all been updated and integrated into the present Generative Change Work, which includes the applications of Generative Coaching, Generative Psychotherapy, Generative Trance, Hero’s Journey, and Systemic Change work.