Various attempts to treat these disturbances briefly have been made, but in most cases they proved to be unsuccessful due a very high relapse rate. To avoid a fearsome chronicity, a number of other factors, like alexithymia, low self-esteem, perfectionism, dissociation, dichotomous thinking, and others should be considered for treatment. Indications of how to deal with these factors in Ericksonian Brief Therapy will be offered.
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.
Working with various attachment organizations requires a deep understanding of both attachment theory and sensitivity to the fears and apprehensions of insecures on both distancing and clinging sides of the spectrum. We will discuss the benefits of using crossing techniques in couple therapy to minimize defensive reactions and to increase intervention effectiveness. Also, we hope to cover the matter of unresolved trauma and loss in the emergence of disorganization during therapy.
Our beliefs are a very powerful force upon our behavior. It is common knowledge that if someone really believes he can do something he will do it, and if he believes something is impossible no amount of effort will convince him that it can be accomplished. Times of change and crisis bring out the significance of our beliefs even more strongly. The beliefs and stories (mental models and assumptions) that we and others hold during an unstable or crucial time determine the degree of resourcefulness with which we will face the situation. Empowering beliefs help us to identify and take best advantage of potential opportunities, while limiting beliefs focus us on danger and can trap us into old survival strategies (i.e., attack, retreat, freeze, etc.). This interaction will explore how to identify and work with the belief issues that arise during brief therapy.
BT18 Speech 14 - Helping Trauma Survivors to Have the Relationships They Deserve - Laura Brown, PhD
Survivors of complex childhood trauma --systemic abuse, neglect, and disrupted attachment schemata -- enter adulthood with internal working models of relationship that often lead them into difficult and painful connections with others. I will address the specific challenges in empowering these survivors to stop "paying the price of admission" to intimacy, and discuss how therapists can find effective strategies for addressing pre-verbal and early verbal core beliefs about self, being lovable, and being safe in relationships.
This live demonstration will show the 6-step model for generative change: (1) opening a creative space, (2) setting a positive intention, (3) developing a creative state, (4) taking action steps, (5) transforming obstacles, and (6) homework and self-practices.
As suggested by Milton Erickson, naturalistic hypnosis seems to be one of the best way of utilizing couple’s resources. Frequently couples fail in reaching a deep mutual exchange and complain of being unable to satisfy their needs for intimacy. Hypnotic experience seems to produce by itself a deep contact that rarely develops in their habitual patterns. Specific couple’s responses to hypnotic induction that can be utilized to produce contact and intimacy will be demonstrated. In some other cases couples are caught by conflicts they are unable to solve. A couples hypnotherapist can extend to both couple members rapport, and succeed in obtaining a special relationship that produces more syntonic and attuned behaviors, in which conflict intensity decreases and a greater ability to listen to each other and negotiate con