Erickson commented that, for most clinical work, a light to medium trance is sufficient. But there are instances when it is helpful to elicit deep trance phenomena, such as hypnotic amnesia, immobility, analgesia, dissociation, and positive hallucinations. The elicitation of these abilities will be demonstrated as well as utilization of failure to produce certain deep trance phenomena.
Milton Erickson did fascinating work with deep states of hypnosis. Neuroscience has caught up to what he knew; that the mind/brain reorganizes memory and develops creative solutions in deep states of trance. In these deep states, the brain releases a neuropeptide called "anandamide," a Sanskrit word for bliss, which has healing qualities for difficult problems. This demonstration shows a method for accomplishing this healing state.
Working at the Department of Speech Pathology, University Clinic, Heidelberg Germany in the 80s, most patients with voice disorders came with expectations getting medical treatment. But resistance to psychological approaches were common. Being confronted with this resistance many times created a very indirect approach of self-hypnosis training (which actually is a trance induction). Tailoring the standard approach to different patients and symptoms will be discussed, as well as how to use this in group therapy.
The syncretic evolution of their approaches implies a synthesis of different psychotherapeutic traditions: the Palo Alto School and the pragmatics of communication; the pure Ericksonian approach; the evolution of medical hypnosis; the application of experimental hypnosis and the rigorous hypnotic stratagems in brief therapy. TranceForming Ericksonian Methods is not only a treatise on hypnosis and hypnotic therapies. “It is also an innovative contribution to psychotherapy, because it summarizes and combines different renowned and appraised models of therapeutic intervention.”