This paper surveys a key concept of Ericksonian therapy. Cornerstone principles of an Erickson ian approach are presented and illustrated. The method can be incorporated into any psychotherapeutic discipline in order to enhance effectiveness.
Hypnosis is a method of injunctive communication used to help patients elicit previously dormant potentials. The phenomenology of Ericksonian hypnosis will be developed through lecture, demonstration and practice exercises.
Ericksonian approaches use both direct and indirect techniques and tailor methods to the unique characteristics of individual patients. Diagnostic categories can be used to individualize treatment. These tailored techniques are ways of "gift wrapping" ideas so that patients can best actuate effective changes. The concept of "Utilization'' and methods of processing interventions will be discussed. In Ericksonian treatment, dynamic experiences precede dynamic understanding.
Methods for training therapists customarily are directed to developing cognitive abilities. Using Milton Erickson as a model, an alternate, experiential approach is offered. The "evoking style" of the therapist determines the outcome of the treatment more than the theoretical and clinical methods to which the therapist ascribes.
The evolution of psychotherapeutic methods over the past 200 years from Mesmer through the psychoanalytic schools, behaviorism and current cognitive psychology tells a fascinating tale of our evolving understanding of human nature. In this address we will trace the development of fundamental techniques such as suggestion, free association, active imagination, gestalt dialogue, focusing, Erickson's indirect approaches and what I now call "The Basic Accessing Question."
Erickson demonstrates his utilization method of entering into the client’s world. He demonstrates his unique approach to working with dreams using a parallel process to stimulate strategic understandings of restrictive family patterns.
IC01 Short Course 07 - The Use of Ericksonian Hypnosis in the Treatment of Borderlines and Addictions - IIana H. Oren, PhD
Borderline personality is an underlying character structure, marked by a fragmented sense of
identity and maladaptive patterns of perceiving, behaving and relating to others. The Borderline is
stuck in "yes, but!" or "I hate you! Don't leave me!" stance. In order to get the habitually
oppositional patient to respond, the therapist needs to structure the therapeutic messages in a
way that they are not easily recognized on a conscious level. Ericksonian hypnosis paves the
The various aspects that contribute to low self-esteem in young women having a difficult relationship with their partner are helped with two Ericksonian techniques - - metaphors and symbolization. These aspects include healing emotional wounds, remaining at peace with their partner, learning to love themselves, working with social beliefs, limiting ideas and cultural prejudices and being responsible for their own well-being.