Known as The Wizard of the Desert, Dr. Milton Erickson is revered for his therapeutic genius, his brilliance as a hypnotist, and his encouragement for therapists to utilize all available resources, both their own and the clients’. One of those resources described by Dr. Erickson as a level of perception not necessarily conscious is what typically we call intuition.
In this didactic and experiential workshop we will examine the therapeutic utilization of intuition from the perspective of three clinical phenomena of an Ericksonian approach.
Hypnotic conversations explore, evoke, engage and reallocate and experiential resources. Having hypnotic conversations with young people who meet criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), presents challenges both in relating and accessing resources. The challenge extends to helping their parents to better parent by seeing them as resourceful and capable.
This workshop will address the treatment of trauma by utilizing Ericksonian Hypnosis, Somatic Experiencing and Mindfulness practices for accessing the unconscious and activating inner resources with somatic experiencing, mindfulness and trance. These three unique orientations emphasize a unified mind body healing approach that appreciates utilization as an orientation that understands the importance of the symptom as a pathway to inner healing.
Eastern spiritual teachings tell us that “suffering” goes away when we dissolve the ego. But what is the ‘ego’ and how does one dissolve it? You’ll be introduced to a new way of doing inner work, offering a precise way of dissolving the everyday sense of the ego.
Ratifying victimhood often paradoxically sensitizes to trauma’s effects, and is heavily reinforced socially. Therapists are challenged to help victims restore personal agency and accountability, without denying victimhood. Contracting for roles and boundaries precedes efforts to interdict traumatic re-enactment, redefine personal and social identity, access locus of control, and restore accountability.
Anxiety destroys the normal enjoyment of life through the fear, worry, obsessive thinking and avoidant behavior that anxious people experience. Simple activities like going to the grocery store, taking a child to her first day of school, or meeting a friend for lunch trigger a barrage of frantic “what ifs.” This demonstration will explore the subtleties of working with this pervasive category of disorders, and will introduce a powerful, integrative therapy model.
Hypnosis can interrupt dysfunctional loops, breaking negative patterns. With the skillful addition of sound that process is often speeded up and has a profound effect physiologically as well as psychologically, influencing and entraining the biological state of the subject. Participants will be shown how to enhance their awareness of tonality, volume, and the power inherent in vowel sounds. Using frequencies to deepen trance will be part of the group experience.
This workshop presents Dr. Gilligan’s latest work of Systemic Trance, which describes how we generate our realities via the (mostly unconscious) maps of who we are, and what the world is. These systemic filters can be held negatively (in neuro-muscular lock) or generatively (in creative flow), resulting in either problems or positive solutions. To transform problems into resources, Systemic Trance first identifies the key parts of a performance map, then uses generative trance to open a fluid conversational space where each part is positive valued and integrated into a resource pattern. Lecture, demonstration, case examples, and exercises will be included.
The emotional mystique between gay sons and their mothers has long been unexplored, but now new evidence suggests that a mother’s response to her son’s sexuality isn’t the only factor in his future success. How she nurtures him based on his interests, rather than his sexual preferences, is key, especially in a society with narrow definitions of masculinity.
During the first hour of this workshop the specific treatment ideas targeting Eating Disorders will be presented. Also, the workshop will delineate how an eating disorder is an addiction and present the underlying issues, which need to be addressed because of an addiction’s multi-dimensional infiltration. The remaining hour will be a demonstration of Ericksonian Hypnosis on a volunteer who wants to lose or gain any amount of weight. You will see: a Ericksonian diagnostic interview which focuses on the present where the solutions can be found; an Ericksonian induction using conscious/unconscious dissociation; a Ericksonian suggestion phase tailored to fit the patient; and a reorientation out of trance. There will be some time for questions and discussion.