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EP17 Clinical Demonstration with Discussant 04 - Creative Transformation in Generative Therapy - Stephen Gilligan, PhD and Sue Johnson, EdD


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.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate how symptoms can become solutions under proper conditions.
  2. Demonstrate 3 ways to practically activate a client’s creative change potential.

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


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Stephen Gilligan's Profile

Stephen Gilligan Related seminars and products: 78


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.

Sue Johnson's Profile

Sue Johnson Related seminars and products: 47


Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

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