"Wow, if it's possible to condense the evolution of psychotherapy over this century and Milton H. Erickson's legacy with clarity, simplicity and compassion, Stephen Brooks and The Art of Compassionate Ericksonian Hypnotherapy surely sets the highest standard." Dr Ernest Rossi - author with Milton H. Erickson of the Collected Papers of Milton H. Erickson.
In Stephen Brooks and the Art of Compassionate Ericksonian Hypnotherapy renowned hypnosis expert Jos van Boxtel embarks on a ground-breaking investigation into the complexities of Ericksonian hypnotherapy in the 21st century. He brilliantly identifies the principles, skills and techniques, Brooks uses to achieve consistent life-changing results, identifying the many invisible psychological techniques, indirect language skills and subtle influencing strategies that puts Brooks' work on the cutting edge of psychotherapy practice today.
A seemingly casual or humorous conversation turns out to be a complex, indirect, and multilevel interaction, tailored to the client's problem, thinking style and oriented towards their eventual goal. Brooks' contact with a client seems easy and relaxed, almost like a friendly chat. Nevertheless, his words are emphatic, compelling, and challenging. He carefully observes postures, movements, and minimal expressions, always looking for messages from the unconscious mind. His own nonverbal communication is gentle yet powerful, playful yet serious.
The Ericksonian Hypnosis Series provides a unique way to learn this innovative approach to therapy and how to apply it to various problems. Each book details Brooks' work with a single client with a specific symptom, problem, goal, frame of reference and personality. The analysed transcripts show how Brooks tunes into the client's issues, needs and beliefs, utilising all this information to induce hypnotic trance and to create a therapeutic intervention.
The series also demonstrates how information gathering, rapport building, trance induction and therapy happen simultaneously and support each other. Each book in the series offers the reader a chance to study Brooks' work from a different perspective and in a different application.
"Stephen Brooks not only knows how to do effective Ericksonian Hypnosis, he knows how to show and teach others how to do it. This book will give you what you need to get started and to model a master at treating phobias." Bill O'Hanlon, author of An Uncommon Casebook - The Complete Clinical Works of Milton H Erickson M.D. and Solution-Oriented Hypnosis.
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Table of Contents
Part I: Principles, Techniques and Language patterns.
Chapter 1 - Principles: Observations. Acceptance. Utilisation. Cooperation. Responsiveness. Flexibility. Resource-oriented. Unconscious change. Strategic. Naturalistic. Systemic. Rapport. Layered Approach. Indirect communication. Confidence and Competence. Dedication, compassion and love. Internal/external reality. Process versus content. Humour. Small change/big change. Imagination/realization.
Chapter 2 - Indirect communication: Embedded suggestions. Sentence adverbs. Time adverbs. Degree adverbs. Qualifying adjectives. Noun phrase. Verbs of thinking and feeling. Embedded questions. Modal operators. Discourse markers. Explicit requests. Announcement. Linguistic softeners. Quotes. Tags. Using the client's name. Embedded statements. Negative embedded suggestions. Multiple embedded suggestions. Interspersal technique. Talking to others. Analogue marking.
Chapter 3 - Being Artfully Vague: Nominalisations. Vague verbs. Vague adjectives and adverbs. Loaded words. Unspecified reference. Lost performative. Using articles. Universal quantifiers. Omitting the personal pronoun. Permissive language. Open-ended suggestion. Covering all possibilities of a class. Ambiguity. Chunking. Mind reading.
Chapter 4 - Implication and Presupposition: Linguistic presuppositions. Binds and double binds. Verbal implications. Nonverbal implications. Implication and relevance.
Chapter 5 - Splitting and Linking: Development of splits and links. Removing limiting links. Creating constructive links. Superseding links. Linking trance phenomena. Frames . Non-Attachment as an approach to therapy.
Chapter 6 - Various Ericksonian Techniques: V/K (Double) Dissociation. Hypnotic desensitization. Ratification. Complimenting. Age regression/revivification. Visualisation. Using metaphors and symbols. Analogy. Anchoring. Scaling. Future Pacing. Creating amnesia. Law of reversed effort. Moving the client around. Using the negative. Frustrating response. Opposite direction. Repetition. Reframing. Keeping part of the problem. Distraction. Pattern intervention. Seeding. Nonverbal techniques.
Chapter 7 - Trance: Trance as an everyday experience. Therapeutic trance. Trance as interpersonal experience. Trance as a gateway to the unconscious. Trance and reality. Trance as a state of suggestibility. Trance induction. Trance phenomena. Trance depth. Trance, metaphor, and tasking. Learning trance induction.
Part II: Spider Phobia Session: Verbatim and Analysis.
Chapter 8 - Phobias: Synopsis. Conventions in this transcript. Verbatim. Start of the session. Index. References.