Demystification has become an intellectual buzzword; finally, we have a book that accurately fits the definition.
Since earliest history, storytelling has been the primary vehicle for teaching and for exchanging human knowledge and experience. Here stories become a means of healing, of reparenting, and of conveying to the unconscious mind the peace and comfort of an idealized childhood—often with almost magical effects.
"This is an essential primer of Ericksonian hypnotherapy and strategic psychotherapy. […] O’Hanlon provides threads that crystallize practical patterns useful to clinicians at all levels of expertise." — Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D., Director, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation
This book includes a step-by-step preparation for clients' receptivity to the stories, describing how rapport can be established and resistance lowered during the initial sessions of hypnotherapy. Then the stories are set within their original clinical context, so that we can comprehend their powerful impact on the course of therapy.