What is Hypnosis

What is hypnosis? Who was Milton Erickson? How does Ericksonian Hypnosis help me? Does science support this kind of change? How will I notice change? 1. What is hypnosis? Hypnosis is a natural human experience. It happens spontaneously at times of trauma, surprise, confusion, intense performance and meditation. Hypnotists “induce”  or invite hypnosis in a…

Training in Erickson Hypnosis and Therapy

By Eric Greenleaf PhD. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring imaginative state which develops in mutual interactions of therapist and client. The Erickson-influenced approaches emphasize the individuality of treatment planning in order to utilize both the therapists’ own human skills and the clients’ own resources to provide effective leverage against problem areas in life. The notion of the…

Natural Trance and Psychotherapy

By Eric Greenleaf, PhD. Ericksonian hypnosis rides on naturally occurring trance states like a surfer rides a wave. Ernest Rossi MD has made a strong case for natural cycles, paralleling the nightly dream cycle, that occur every 90-120minutes. During those brainwave cycles, marked by day-dreaming or distraction in daily waking life, and sometimes marked by…

Dr Erickson’s Benign Unconscious Mind and Therapeutic Storytelling

By Eric Greenleaf, PhD. For a very long time now, while teaching Ericksonian approaches, I’ve emphasized the metaphor of the benign unconscious mind as an explanatory concept, and the utilization of the unconscious mind as a therapeutic means toward healing. I’ve had many people in workshops and in my practice “look at your unconscious mind,…

About The Shared Experience Of Hypnotic Trance

By Eric Greenleaf, PhD If you’ve ever experienced hypnotic trance, you’ll be familiar with the idea that when I hypnotize you and when you hypnotize yourself and when you hypnotize each other, you will develop a kind of expectant attitude and a pleased and positive attitude towards the automatic process of response in your body…

Organizing Your Self With Self-Hypnosis

Organizing Your Self With Self-Hypnosis By Eric Greenleaf PhD   “It’s hard to make arrangements with yourself.” –Neil Young song I’m old enough now to have survived several surgeries, two bouts of cancer and a couple of serious accidents. I’ll leave out for the moment instances of bruised feelings, broken hearts, betrayals and losses. These…