Hypnotherapy filter: If Erickson didn't do this, who did?
November 8, 2013 8:36 AM Subscribe
Decades ago I read a description of Milton Erickson's most interesting/spectacular cases--how he used hypnotic suggestion to help people overcome their obsessions and other life problems. The one that has stayed with me was a description of dealing with a man who had been given to an orphanage at birth and had spent his childhood and adolescence growing up in a variety of institutions. His life as an adult was one of petty crime, unemployment, no relationships of any kind. The hypnotherapist spent many many hours over the course of months with this man giving him a new set of memories--here you are with your loving family on your fifth birthday,here you are with your friends in eighth grade, etc--just built up a whole life of new memories for him. This enabled the man to make a better life for himself. I have checked out "An Uncommon Casebook: Complete Clinical Work of Milton H. Erickson, M.D." and although I saw many case histories I remembered reading, I didn't see anything like this. Am I looking in the wrong book? Am I looking up the wrong hypnotherapist? Any help or direction would be much appreciated.