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Developing Ericksonian Therapy by Stephen R. Lankton, Jeffrey K. Zeig

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Chapter 10

The Role of Language in Therapy

David Gordon

David Gordon, M.A. (Lone Mountain College), is one of the original developers of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and more recently is, along with Leslie Cameron-Bandler and Michael Lebeau, co-developer of a method for coding the patterns that underlie particular human aptitudes: The Emprint Method. He has authored two books that are mainly based on Erickson’s work, Therapeutic Metaphors: Helping Others Through the Looking Glass and Phoenix: The Therapeutic Pattern of Milton H. Erickson (with Maribeth Meyers-Anderson).

Gordon teaches that it is crucial for the therapist to understand the patient’s experimental model. Language can be used diagnostically as a “window to the subjective world,” ...

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