A Guide to Trance Land: A Practical Handbook of Ericksonian and Solution-Oriented Hypnosis

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A friendly and brief guide to the essentials of hypnosis.
Popular author Bill O’Hanlon offers an inviting and reassuring guide to the essentials of hypnosis, alleviating the newcomer’s anxieties about how to make the most of this clinical tool. This brief book illustrates the benefits of solution-oriented hypnosis, which draws on the work of the pioneering therapist Milton Erickson (with whom O’Hanlon studied) and emphasizes doing what is needed to get results—which, more often ...
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Overview

A friendly and brief guide to the essentials of hypnosis.
Popular author Bill O’Hanlon offers an inviting and reassuring guide to the essentials of hypnosis, alleviating the newcomer’s anxieties about how to make the most of this clinical tool. This brief book illustrates the benefits of solution-oriented hypnosis, which draws on the work of the pioneering therapist Milton Erickson (with whom O’Hanlon studied) and emphasizes doing what is needed to get results—which, more often than not, means trusting that the client holds within him- or herself answers or knowledge that need only be tapped or released by the therapist. O’Hanlon covers the key aspects of hypnosis, including: using possibility words and phrases; using passive language; and inducing trance. O’Hanlon offers practical tips and friendly encouragement for the novice hypnotherapist—in his characteristic warm, reassuring, and humorous style.
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Editorial Reviews

Bookwatch
“From emphasizing through voice volume to creating rhythm in altered states, A Guide to Trance Land is a fine addition to any health library.”
DianaPageJordan.com
“[C]harming, instructive book, easy to consume.”
Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
“Bill O’Hanlon has done it again….This short book is filled with useful information about trances and is written in an easy to understand and practical manner. I have already recommended this book to my students. I can easily recommend it to you as well...O’Hanlon’s books are always filled with precious clinical nuggets.”
Tim Brunson
“I highly recommend this to the serious clinician...This volume is probably the most concise opportunity for a practicing clinician to understand the breadth of permissive hypnosis.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393705782
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/29/2009
  • Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 877,903
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill O’Hanlon, is a founder of Possibility and Inclusive Therapies and is the author or coauthor of more than thirty books, including Out of the Blue, Becoming A Published Therapist, and Quick Steps to Resolving Trauma. He is a Diplomate, Board Member, Fellow and Master Therapist in the American Psychotherapy Association and was awarded the "Outstanding Mental Health Educator of the Year" in 2001 by the New England Educational Institute. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit his website for more information: BillOHanlon.com.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface ix

Introduction to Solution-Oriented or Ericksonian Hypnosis xi

Elements of Solution-Oriented Induction

1 Permission 1

1.1 Accept, Normalize, Reassure, and Validate Whatever the Person Presents 3

1.2 Give Permission To 4

1.3 Give Permission Not to Have To 5

1.4 Note and Include Any Distractions, Difficulties, Negativity, or Resistance 6

1.5 Use Possibility Words and Phrases (Rather Than Mind Reading or Prediction Language) 7

1.6 Give Multiple Possibilities for Responding 8

2 Presupposition 10

2.1 Before 12

2.2 After 12

2.3 Rate 13

2.4 Timing 14

2.5 Depth 14

2.6 Means, Pathways, or Method 15

2.7 Awareness 15

2.8 Verb Tenses 16

3 Splitting 18

3.1 Make Distinctions 18

3.2 Split Something Previously Considered One Thing into Two or More Parts 19

3.3 Make the Split Nonverbally as Well as Verbally 20

4 Linking 21

4.1 Join Things Together Verbally 21

4.2 Link Something in Your Behavior or Speaking to Something the Person is Doing 22

5 Interspersal 25

5.1 Emphasizing Through Voice Volume 26

5.2 Emphasizing Through Voice Location 27

6 Introduction to the Other Elements 28

6.1 Description 28

6.2 Truisms 30

6.3 Matching 31

6.4 Guiding Attention and Associations 34

6.5 The Confusion Technique 36

The Culture and Territory of Trance Land

7 The Language of Trance 41

7.1 Use Passive Language 41

8 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Nature of Hypnosis But Were Too Deeply in Trance to Ask 46

8.1 Common Trance Indicators 47

8.2 Four Doorways Into Altered States 48

8.3 Why Use Trance? 51

8.4 When to Use Hypnosis 52

8.5 Trance Phenomena 56

8.6 Methods for Evoking Trance Phenomena61

9 The $64,000 Question: What Do You Do Once the Person is in Trance to Get the Clinical Result? 67

9.1 Goals of Traditional Versus Solution-Oriented Hypnosis 67

9.2 Class of Problems and Class of Solutions Model 68

9.3 To Trust Your Unconscious or Not; That Is the Question 77

9.4 How to Use This Knowledge to Do Hypnotherapy 81

9.5 Stories in Trance Work 83

10 Inclusion as Intervention 87

10.1 Permission 88

10.2 Inclusion of Opposites 90

10.3 Identifying Injunctions That Could Yield to Inclusion 91

11 The Hitchhiker's Guide to Solution-Oriented Hypnosis 93

12 Bad Trance/Good Trance 96

Bad Trance/Good Trance Bibliography 98

13 The Process of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy 99

Envoi: Leaving Trance Land 101

Ericksonian Bibliography 102

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