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BT18 Topical Interaction 07 - Transforming Difficult Experiences in Psychotherapy - Stephen Gilligan, PhD

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Topical Interactions |  Psychotherapy |  Brief Therapy |  Therapeutic Relationship |  Therapist Development
Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2018
Stephen Gilligan, PhD
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Original Program Date:
Dec 08, 2018
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Every meaningful therapy conversation includes a significant presence of difficult emotions--symptoms, responses, anger, fear, etc. We will have a conversation about how to skillfully welcome and utilize such negative experiences as integral parts of a successful, creative therapy.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Identify at least 6 different negative experiences that are common parts of a therapy conversation.
  2. Describe how positive "welcoming" of these negative events can positively transform a problem into a resource.
  3. Discuss at least 3 general ways to do this in psychotherapy sessions.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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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.