The Artistry of Milton H. Erickson, M.D.
Stream

The Artistry of Milton H. Erickson, M.D.


Topic Areas:
Hypnosis |  Milton Erickson |  Psychotherapy
Category:
Press Products |  Stream |  Artistry of MHE
Faculty :
Herbert S. Lustig ,MD |  Milton H. Erickson ,MD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
Duration:
01:40:00
Format:
Audio and Video
Original Program Date :
Apr 28, 1975
License:
Never expires.


Description

This video involves a therapy session with two clients: Monde and Nick. Monde is a 32-year-old women who is married with three children. Monde has had three therapy sessions with Dr. Erickson and has been exposed to hypnosis in prior sessions. Monde is seeing Dr. Erickson because she is feeling insecure about herself as a person, mother, and wife. The other client, Nick, is a 20-year-old sophomore in college who has had no previous experience with hypnosis or psychotherapy. In addition, Nick is an acquaintance of Monde and her husband. The therapy session is conducted in two parts: part one involves Monde as the primary patient while Nick is the secondary patient and part two involves Nick as the primary patient and Monde as the secondary patient.

 

Credits

Faculty

Herbert S. Lustig Related seminars and products: 6

MD


Herbert S. Lustig, MD, was a student and colleague of Dr. Erickson during the six years preceding Dr. Erickson's death. He has provided private outpatient psychiatric treatment to Children, Adults & Families on Philadelphia's Main Line since 1973 and in South Jersey since 1983, and presently at his offices in Bala Cynwyd, PA, and in Marlton, NJ.


Milton H. Erickson Related seminars and products: 35

MD


Milton H. Erickson, MD, was an American psychiatrist who specialized in medical hypnosis and family therapy. He was founding president of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and noted for his approach to the unconscious mind as creative and solution-generating.
Dr. Erickson was plagued with enormous physical handicaps for most of his life. At age 17, he contracted polio and was so severely paralyzed that doctors believed he would die. While recovering in bed, almost entirely lame and unable to speak, he became strongly aware of the significance of nonverbal communication – body language, tone of voice, and the way that these nonverbal expressions often directly contradicted the verbal ones. He also began to have “body memories” of the muscular activity of his own body. By concentrating on these memories, he slowly began to regain control of parts of his body to the point where he was eventually able to talk and use his arms again. His doctor recommended exercising his upper body only so Milton Erickson planned a 1,000 miles canoe trip to build up the strength to attend college. His adventure was challenging, and although he still did not have full use of his legs at the end, he was able to walk with a cane.

The Ericksonian approach departs from traditional hypnosis in a variety of ways. While the process of hypnosis has customarily been conceptualized as a matter of the therapist issuing standardized instructions to a passive patient, Ericksonian hypnosis stresses the importance of the interactive therapeutic relationship and purposeful engagement of the inner resources and experiential life of the subject. Dr. Erickson revolutionized the practice of hypnotherapy by coalescing numerous original concepts and patterns of communication into the field.


The novel psychotherapeutic strategies which Dr. Erickson employed in his treatment of individuals, couples, and families derived from his hypnotic orientation. Although he was known as the world’s leading hypnotherapist, Dr. Erickson used formal hypnosis in only one-fifth of his cases in clinical practice.


Dr. Erickson effected a fundamental shift in modern psychotherapy. Many elements of the Ericksonian perspective which were once considered extreme are now incorporated into the mainstream of contemporary practice.


Please wait ...

Back to Top