Bill O'Hanlon will demonstrate the gentle power of using stories to create change in therapy through two clinical demonstrations. Come witness
the fun and evocative way stories can invite people into change.
This demonstration will show how activating a client’s creative process is the key factor in generative psychotherapy. This process follows four steps:
1) Identifying a goal (A positive change or transforming a negative pattern),
2) Developing a generative state,
3) Utilizing the generative state to creatively achieve the goal, and
4) Guiding the session changes into real life achievement.
Personal disturbance is accompanied by feelings of disconnection within one’s self and with others. Reconnection is accomplished when
the therapist guides the patient into a fertile conversational stream - a moment to moment impetus toward personal resolution.
Based on the meticulous work of Ivan Pavlov, the Foreground-Background process involves using the "foreground" and "background" of perception with respect to a problem situation and a resource experience to create a quick and seemingly “magical” change. Usually, what is foregrounded in the experience of a problem or resource is quite different. The background of the two experiences, however, often shares many features which can be used to create bridge to resourceful experiences, leading to a transformation of the problem experience that is gentle, unconscious and effortless.
In a 1964/2008 paper MHE documented how "hypnosis was used for the specific purpose of placing the burden of responsibility for therapeutic results upon the patient himself after he reached a definite conclusion that therapy would not help and that a last resort would be a hypnotic 'miracle'.” I will first demonstrate how to gently shift this "burden of responsibility for therapeutic results" in a brief, easy-to-learn group process with the entire audience. Time permitting, anyone who feels they have failed during this group process may volunteer for a therapeutic experience with me in front of the entire audience.
Behind all frustration is a wish not spoken. Most people express the frustration and not the wish—leading to conflict. This demonstration shows the process of converting frustration into a wish and making a request for a behavior change—leading to connecting.
Therapy is successful when clients are able to experientially realize positive life changes. While the identification and transformation of symptoms is important in this regard, the activation of the client's creative capacity to change is even more important. This paper outlines 6 steps in this therapeutic process: (1) opening a mindful field, (2) setting positive intentions, (3) developing and maintaining a creative state, (4) identifying a “storyboard” for achieving goals, (5) transforming negative experiences, and (6) everyday practices. Methods and case examples will be given to illuminate this core process.
The modern perspective of hypnosis considers the role of attention and absorption in catalyzing adaptive responses. Hypnosis provides a context for developing new associations on multiple levels that have therapeutic potential. In this clinical demonstration, a hypnosis session will be conducted to assist the client in evolving resources that may be helpful to facilitate personal growth.