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     Keith Bibby - Therapy in Practice - Clapham - Serving South London


                              You can try... harder....

                                                                   ... but generally ..easier... is...            

The Ericksonian approach to Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy - though originated over  90 years ago - still proves entirely consistent with discoveries in modern neuroscience.

Like Freud before him, Erickson went beyond earlier thinkers in recognising the prodigious energy and unconscious activity of the mind. But Freud abandoned his early experiments in hypnosis because of the unexpected emotional reactions he triggered.

Had Freud been as adept as Erickson at deducing the properties of these processes, he would likely have used hypnosis in a deliberate way - rather than discarding it as a tool which, to him,  seemed both too powerful and too unpredictable in its effects.

Erickson however, was far more systematic in his approach. Being paralysed for years due to polio, he became an intense observer of human behaviour - beginning with his own.  In the first instance he was able to use his original insights into spontaneous bodily response to re-mobilise his body and rehabilitate his paralysed condition twice in his life.

Erickson quite early deduced that behaviours are combinations of both conscious and unconscious processes. These he observed to be powerfully linked with underlying physical dynamics and language patterns that form the basis of our thinking and acting; these develop naturally through our experience and form our habits - which are different for every individual.

These habitual patterns are very stable and efficient. They are not easily changed.  Because people’s systems tend to resist change - people often find it hard to do so - even when they want to.  Indeed, Erickson realised in his medical and psychiatric work that people fail to change very frequently through trying too hard - and in the wrong way.

Erickson also saw that both these tendencies were often unconscious - and not how individuals would have described their intentions at all.

Effective change requires a proper understanding and use of these underlying properties. Rather than going at problems directly - and provoking natural resistance - underlying programs would be better invoked indirectly - without conscious involvement.

The individual can then be induced to approach the difficulty free from the previous self-defeating intentions.  Combining strategies in the right way, the patient then can then be released from unwanted experiences, attitudes and behaviours - and proceed to problem solution and new behaviours without any over-awareness of how that happened.

Since our systems are tuned to recognise and adopt easier ways, the maladaptive pattern could fall into disuse and the new - more effective and easier one be adopted easily.

He incorporated these fundamental discoveries - which became known as indirect method - into formal and informal techniques of hypnosis and patterns of suggestion which he used often in his medical and psychiatric practice to great effect.

Much of what Erickson achieved both confounded and astounded medical and psychiatric opinion. Even today, few medical practitioners receive any instruction in or understand the extraordinary principles that Erickson demonstrated in numerous examples of successful therapy with very difficult cases.

In practice, every moment of a therapeutic encounter may provide opportunities to access and enlist powerful unconscious processes in deliberate and beneficial ways - mostly while the client’s eyes are open.

Ericksonian psychotherapy combined with other counselling or hypnotherapy treatments will likely use some formal and deliberate treatment strategies; most of this is constructed to work with spontaneously arising states.

Apart from a shift into an entirely normal relaxed state, the client is often almost unaware of the procedure because it is entirely attuned to and respectful of their unique nature and process.  Often the results occur in surprising ways and from unexpected directions which arise from unconscious interaction with the client. ( For interesting and amusing examples of some unconventional therapy strategies and unexpectedly sponataneous treatment results see my case studies.)

Erickson demonstrated in many ways how the human mind not only floats in a sea of much deeper awareness but - with respectful and creative engagement - can set sail in new and profoundly liberating directions - to the immense benefit of our mental and physical well-being.

The whole character of the work might be summarised as :-

                                 Getting to ‘ Easy '

The approach aims to unlock your unconscious resourcefulness and re-connect it in new ways. You may not realise it - but work begins from the very first contact - perhaps even as you read this !

No matter how the problem is labelled, each  client brings new experience. The initial aim is simple - to learn what is the case and to discover how it happens.

Because of the constructive mode of enquiry, the very way we uncover the difficulty begins to reveal your own unique qualities and capacities.  Things often begin to shift and change  straightaway -  even before we attempt anything more deliberate.

You can be amazed - how readily movement happens - what you can do - and how easily it happens !!

In these Web pages :-

There are Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Services for individual adults, children and young persons.

Couple & Relationship Counselling  ( not gendered )  is offered for all stages of relationship.  People often wait until a crisis develops. Often they wish they had come earlier.

In general,  people could save difficulty and pain in their lives by learning about themselves and their patterns of relating before making or breaking commitments - serious or otherwise.

Either partner may avoid or  ‘learn to ignore’ a host of seemingly insignificant annoyances, expecting them  to magically change or ‘go away’. Their cumulative effect can seriously erode or destroy the quality of the relationship. Often people are puzzled as to how things have got so bad or what could be done to put things right.

Men in particular - willing to ‘do anything to save my marriage’ - often phone in the midst of complete crisis.  Freely admitting they have ignored a partner’s willingness to talk about things over a long period, they are particularly devastated to discover the option closed because they have been already supplanted by ‘ someone who listens to me ’.

There are also other particular services :-

     Coaching & Personal Development  for Business & Professional Persons

                          Help for Children & Young Persons

Under each heading you may find some quite detailed material - some can only be in outline - how it actually will happen is unique to you.

The intention in all this work is to be .......


                              Fast,  Thorough  &  Effective

I hope you  that you find these pages encouraging and  that  they leave you      curious .....

                         interested ......

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