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It’s happening now. More than twenty fascinating thinkers and doers have accepted our invitation to blog here. The group includes many names you know. And with an eye to the future, we have included some gifted new voices whose names you may not know. Not yet, that is. Check back here to see their new articles, front and center!  Read More →

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    • Salman Akhtar
    • Michael Carroll
    • Ron Potter Efron
    • Janina Fisher
    • Diana Fosha
    • Ron Frederick
    • Robert Hill
    • Dan Hughes
    • Ned Hallowell
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    • Kelly Wilson

Can You Be Like Erickson?

Milton H. Erickson, MDMilton H. Erickson, MD For my keynote address at the Erickson Congress in Puerto Vallarta, I shared a memorable experience when I was confronted with the urgent needs of a former patient of Milton Erickson. The man was experiencing a full-blown psychotic episode. He had the symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia and was absolutely insistent that he must “find Erickson” in order to complete his therapy (Erickson had... Read More →

How Can a Busy Therapist Improve Their Skills in CBT?

I sometimes get questions from therapists who realize that their grad school training didn’t really equip them to use CBT under real-world conditions. With the personal and professional demands we all face it isn’t simple, but there are a number of good options for improving CBT skills once you’re in practice. . The first options that come to mind for most therapists are reading and attending workshops. These can be valuable but they have significant limitations. Reading a good book or article is very different from having the opportunity to discuss the material,... Read More →

Why not fix all of your problems?

tulips-175605__180 During my earliest days of studying Milton Erickson’s work, there were many fascinating premises which I could not understand. One of these was his warning that you need to leave some small component of the clinical problem in place. In other words, it is a mistake to strive for full clinical success (to learn more about this read: the case example of Cathy, Read More →

CBT in the Real World

In the past few months I’ve seen several comments about how CBT is “constrained” by treatment protocols. Apparently, some practitioners have the impression that CBT is “cookbook” approach where the therapist takes a manualized treatment protocol and imposes it on the client without tailoring it to the client’s needs. They seem to think that... Read More →

Let Me Sleep On It: CBT for Insomnia

The February, 2016 edition of Consumer Reports recommends CBT as an alternative to medication for chronic insomnia (see http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/08/how-did-you-sleep-last-night/index.htm for some of what they say about insomnia).... Read More →

Is Hypnosis Compatible with Non-Directive Process Work?

Anxiety_2015 Video2Throughout life, we find ourselves forced to make choices, “Do I choose A, or do I choose B?” And in most instances, it is a false dilemma. Dichotomous reasoning... Read More →

Altering Mindsets in Addition to Altering States of Consciousness

silo-windowsTunnels & Windows Those who use hypnosis for clinical problem solving are often trained in the observation and management of states of consciousness. While changes in consciousness can help produce new opportunities for learning and performance on therapeutic tasks, it is a change... Read More →

Is the Effectiveness of CBT Fading?

A recent meta-analysis published under the provocative title “The Effects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as an Anti-Depressive Treatment is Falling: A Meta-Analysis” (Johnsen & Friborg, 2015) has provoked considerable discussion (and some gloating on the Internet by those who are opposed to CBT). The authors computed the effect-sizes found... Read More →

Plumbing the Depths of Power

plumbing-depths7I prefer to see therapy not as a method or a technique, but as the shared pursuit of power, power that paradoxically results from penetrating and excavating, like an archaeologist, the... Read More →

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