Ericksonian Therapy

Ericksonian therapy is broadly classified as any goal-oriented, problem-solving endeavor grounded in methodology inspired by the teachings and casework of Milton H. Erickson (1901–1980). It is a perspective on learning, healing, and growth that fosters flexibility in an ongoing, adaptive way. The core of Ericksonian influence is the very permissiveness that paradoxically makes it difficult to define. While the roles of clinician and client remain distinct, neither is constricted by orthodoxy or protocol; rather, each is free to explore any ethical direction or possibility elicited through the process of therapeutic discovery.

Historical Context

Erickson is considered the architect of innovations in psychotherapy that parallel those of Sigmund Freud (1856–1939). Whereas Freud is known as the father of modern theories of psychotherapy, Erickson is considered a landmark pioneer ...

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