IC01 Invited Address - Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Shamanic Healing - Carl Hammerschlag, MD
The power to manipulate words and environments is a healing ceremony that moves patients
beyond their limitations. Ericksonian psychotherapists and shamans understand that the
process of change is an inner journey whose only prerequesite is a willingness to look within.
Using words, stories, imaginary beings, rituals and ordeals, healers help patients illuminate
the unconscious allowing them to create new ending to old stories.
IC01 Short Course 37 - Integrating Two Psychotherapy Approaches with Different Philosophical Positions: Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Collaborative Language - Blanca Iris Corzo, MA
As an Ericksonian psychotherapist, how do I open up a space to new frameworks that propose
different and even opposite ideas, such as Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Collaborative
Language? A general review of the main points that define both approaches will be done in order
to know the differences and similarities of both approaches. This course is aimed at inviting
these two positions to co-exist effectively during the psychotherapeutic process.
Current research on neurogenesis (growth of new brain cells) indicates that novelty, environmental enrichment and physical exercise can facilitate new growth in the adult human brain. How can we optimize our Ericksonian approaches to support the psychobiological growth process?
Zeig (1995) demonstrates the Ericksonian approach to psychotherapy while working with Carol, a woman whose nail-biting habit is rooted in anxiety. After gathering information on her personal history, Zeig helps Carol utilize her values and history to affect change. The process is both humorous and dramatic. After working to change associations linked to the problem behavior, Zeig offers Carol an ordeal that will produce a "guaranteed cure." Hypnosis is offered as the "dessert", rather than the main course. Ericksonian approach to psychotherapy.
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.