Metaphor primarily activates the client’s sub-dominant hemisphere, and this can be utilized without knowing the content of the problem. Asking a client to discover more about their metaphor for a problem is a way to communicate directly with their unconscious understandings, which are often the keys to making useful changes.
Movies are complex multi-sensory stories reflecting a specific world, transporting messages and solutions in order to provide the viewer with the possibility of identifying with the movie characters. Viewers get absorbed in movies and empathize, recognize consciously or subconsciously one’s own central topics in life. They provide the possibility of being catalysts for developmental processes that can be used in psycho-therapy. In this presentation participants will learn about the processes of watching movies and the trans-fer into therapy.
Rapid remission of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder results from this new approach. A form of unconscious communication known as ideomotor questioning is employed. Experiential exercises introduce participants to this communication style which allows safe access to psychobiological information. Clients are given instructions allowing them to maintain full management of this chronic illness on their own.
Therapists will learn Subliminal Therapy (ST), a psychodynamic technique used to accomplish consciously desired change. ST is a hypnotically medicated and utilizes the capabilities of a higher level of the patient’s intelligence that exists in the unconscious domain. ST empowers the patient by providing awareness of causal influences, thereby facilitating resolution by the patient. ST is described, its effectiveness is quantified and justified, and typical applications are detailed. Additionally, participants will witness a demonstration of the technique.
Music is an effective Brief Therapy tool that can be used to instantly access right brain intelligence, elicit conscious and unconscious material for processing, and induce hypnotic states that render listeners receptive to positive suggestions of wellness, relaxation, and integration. A single short song can cut through resistance, setting the perfect atmosphere for a highly productive session.
How we bring the environment into therapy. Dr. Cohen will describe techniques that consciously and unconsciously motivate patients to be active in their treatment and to understand why he utilizes certain methods. Attendees will share their experiences that resonate with Erickson’s life.
We will explore and experience many ways of communicating with, and receiving feedback from, our “unconscious min” through “automatic” bodily movements and sensations. These responses can confirm, predict and validate the effectiveness of auto-suggestions given without the need of a “trance” experience.
The use of Conversational Unconscious Communication give the therapist a greatly enhanced ability to influence the client to generate lasting positive change. This workshop will enable the participant to learn the structure and uses of therapeutic metaphor and the interspersal technique at both the conscious and unconscious levels of the mind.
Conversational Trances occur in virtually every good therapy session. Possessing phenomena of “regular” hypnosis, they speak powerfully both directly and indirectly to the unconscious. Often this opportunity is ignored. This workshop will show ways to create, use and become comfortable trusting both your and the client’s own abilities with this.
Milton Erickson’s ability to use the identified symptom as the seed for a solution is legendary. Yet, his seemingly magical powers are founded on fundamental principles that can deeply enrich the practice of any therapist or coach. This workshop will explore how to help clients transform and integrate the deeper archetypal energy at the basis of a symptom through practices including somatic centering, rhythmic movement and connecting to a deeper “creative unconscious.”