Milton Erickson is the Godfather of change therapy. Prior to his work, therapy was about the patient talking endlessly and gathering insight into his or her problems. Erickson, a physician by trade, started using hypnosis to produce profound change in his patients. He was rejected by the psychological community at the time for not doing “real therapy”
This video, a trailer for a movie about him, gives a great overview about Erickson. It highlights his work as well as his handicaps. His work has inspired many of the people who appear on this video. They have written books about Erickson and his therapy. Clearly his work has been influential to me since this website is titled “change is possible”
For more information about Erickson, refer to Jay Haley’s book about Erickson
Enjoy this snippet about one of Psychotherapy’s most unknown therapist.