CHAPTER 3

Experiences with Erickson: Personal Therapy, Supervision, Cases Reported by Former Patients, and Cases Observed

INTRODUCTION

Within the contexts of personal therapy and professional supervision, Milton H. Erickson, M.D., helped me develop into a more positive and effective person and therapist. In this essay, I will present some of my more memorable experiences with Dr. Erickson—experiences that portray him both as a person and as a therapist. I will also relate some experiences reported to me by Erickson’s former patients and students. Too often Erickson is thought of as a brilliant technician. One of the purposes of these vignettes is to portray Erickson as I perceived him—a remarkable human being first, and a master therapist second. ...

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