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Utilization: Concept #1

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017
During a recent meeting of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Phoenix, Marilia Baker turned to me and said, “Don’t you think that just as ‘suggestion’ is the golden rule of hypnosis, ‘utilization’ is the golden rule of Ericksonian hypnosis?” She then proposed that in Ericksonian hypnosis these two concepts are conjoined. Indeed, utilization itself ...
 

The Most Important Skill in Therapy

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
If there is any single skill that might be used to summarize what the most effective Ericksonian therapists are able to do really well, it would be the general ability to connect with others in deep and compelling ways. Whether you are describing the therapist’s use of effective communication, interpersonal flexibility, skillful observation, or love ...
 

The Trans-Mental and Trans-Temporal Problem Solver

Thursday, December 15th, 2016
I just recently delivered a talk at the 2016 Brief Therapy Conference in San Diego and made a promise to my audience that I would send a one page summary of the talk and attach a link to the slides, which can be found at my ...
 

Can You Be Like Erickson?

Saturday, October 15th, 2016
[caption id="attachment_509" align="alignright" width="150"]Milton H. Erickson, MD Milton H. Erickson, MD[/caption] 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 ...
 

How Can a Busy Therapist Improve Their Skills in CBT?

Sunday, June 26th, 2016
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 ...
 

Why not fix all of your problems?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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 ...
 

CBT in the Real World

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
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 if ...
 

Let Me Sleep On It: CBT for Insomnia

Monday, February 29th, 2016
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). CBT for insomnia (CBT-I) combines "standard" CBT with cognitive and behavioral interventions specifically focused on insomnia. There is a substantial body of research supporting the effectiveness of ...
 

Is Hypnosis Compatible with Non-Directive Process Work?

Monday, February 8th, 2016
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 leads us to think, “If I do one, I cannot do the other.” Yet, often, we ...
 

Is the Effectiveness of CBT Fading?

Friday, August 21st, 2015
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 in 70 studies of Cognitive Behavioral ...