Introduction

This book presents an orientation to the Hypnotic Psychotherapy of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. It consists of three essays and a transcript of a dialogue with Erickson in 1973. The volume is a subjective statement and personal account; it is not meant to be an objective or critical evaluation. I am not in a position to be critical and it is difficult to be objective about Erickson; he was a man who engendered strong responses. Before delving into Erickson’s style I think it may be helpful to understand some basic aspects of Ericksonian methods.

Ericksonian psychotherapy is a pragmatic, structural approach based on ascertaining and modifying existing maladaptive patterns; promoting change takes precedence over clarifying the past, or ...

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