Fundamental in Ericksonian work is expansion of perspectives rather than removing problems. Learning to hear underlying meanings in clients’ stories, enlarging those and then presenting new perspectives in direct and indirect ways clients are willing to hear will be demonstrated with a volunteer. There will be discussion and audience questions.
Depressive patients are described by Lynn Hoffman as Sleeping Giants, that cannot be awaken by powerful efforts, while they are ready to arouse because of the delicate stimulus of a child. The role played by the non-depressed family members in the development, as well as in the treatment of depression can be considered very relevant. Some useful principles for utilizing hypnosis with depressive individuals and families as well as clinical examples will be presented together with both specific techniques and specific pitfalls that can be expected in the course of the therapeutic process.
In this set, Erickson communicates the timeless principles of hypnosis that he observed, discovered and utilized. He emphasizes the paramount importance of protecting the patient and establishing trust as the very foundation of the cooperative relationship characteristic of hypnosis. He stresses the importance of understanding the meaningful need of the patient and reviews, with many examples, the techniques of rehearsal, uncovering, dissociation, regression, time-distortion, revivification, visualization, orientation to the past and to the future, trusting the unconscious mind, and post-hypnotic suggestion.