Origin of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy:
Ericksonian hypnosis was developed by psychiatrist Dr. Milton Hyland Erickson (1901–1980), who was noted for his approach to the unconscious mind as creative and solution-generating. When hypnosis is used for therapeutic or treatment purposes it’s called “hypnotherapy”.
Ericksonian Hypnotherapy relies on the use of allegories, games and other forms of subtle language called ‘indirect suggestions’ to induce change in the client’s unconscious mind. Indirect suggestions are much harder to resist because they are often not recognized as suggestions by the conscious mind, since they usually disguise themselves as stories or metaphors, which makes it fun.
|Dr Millie Lytle ND
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Ericksonian hypnotherapy differs from traditional hypnosis, which relies on direct suggestions. An example of a direction suggestion found in traditional hypnosis would be “you are relaxed now” giving the opportunity for the client to think “no I’m not”. An example of an indirect suggestion, in comparison, is ” and perhaps your eyes will grow tried as you listen to this story, and you will want to close them, because people can, you know, experience a pleasant, deepening sense of comfort as they allow their eyes to close, and they relax deeply.” Therefore the client does not feel the urge to rebel against the treatment.
Ericksonian hypnotherapy is, however, such a relaxing experience that you’ll never want to come out, and maybe you never will and that would be ok.
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