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

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Chapter 22

Naturalistic Techniques with the “Difficult” Patient

Lynn D. Johnson

Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D. (University of Utah), is in private practice in Salt Lake City. He has been an instructor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah, and is founding President of the Utah Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Johnson promotes a utilization approach based on accepting and utilizing the situation presented by the patient. Strategic techniques are the method of choice for difficult patients. Numerous case examples are provided.

It is generally accepted that between 65% and 80% of patients receiving psychotherapy will improve (Smith, Glass & Miller, 1980). The particular form of psychotherapy does not appear to make much difference ...

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