“Ericksonian Psychotherapy” is the name given to a body of techniques most of which have been taken from the lectures, seminars, workshops, and writings of Milton H. Erickson, M.D., perhaps the foremost practitioner of hypnosis in the United States. More important than the actual techniques is the philosophy behind the methods as well as the tactical interpersonal approaches to the patient that are designed to liberate potentials for self-help in either the hypnotic or waking state (Erickson & Rossi, 1980; Haley, 1973). Discounting the myths and anecdotes about Erickson that so commonly emanate from devotees and detractors of any charismatic figure, “Ericksonian Psychotherapy” has had a significant influence on thousands of professionals ...

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