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This past year, everyone has gotten used to the pandemic life, and with that has come relationship stress. Whether you live with your partner or not, this is a big stressor many people are feeling. Those that live with their partner are together more often than usual with their partner as we all have been quarantining, on lockdown, or trying to stay safe. You’re also seeing couples working remotely, juggling multiple jobs, handling child and elder care, and struggling to find that disconnect between work and home. Those couples that don’t live together are struggling from similar situations, but also not being together as often, relying on virtual time together, and possibly having a long-distance relationship. → Read more

Reviewed By: John Lentz, D. Min Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 24 seconds

This is a review of one of the many videos from The Erickson Video Collection.

“I have watched this hour-long video several times now and each time I gleaned more learnings. I am only beginning to grasp the wisdom of Erickson’s understanding of trauma. But despite its complexity, Jeff Zeig makes it much easier to understand with his insightful commentary. → Read more

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 32 seconds

This past year has been full of political uncertainty as many have anxiety and stress over the political environment, the transition of power, and the future of our nation.

American Psychology Association conducted a Stress in America™ survey that revealed 77% of Americans say the future of our nation is a significant source of stress and 68% of people say that they are stressed by the current political climate. → Read more

By Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D. Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 33 seconds

I have published many stories of my time with Dr. Milton Erickson, many of which appear in the book Experiencing Erickson (1985, Taylor & Francis Group). These stories can help therapists take some of Erickson’s innovations and bring them into their clinical practice. → Read more

By Maria Escalante de Smith, MA Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 5 seconds

It was Monday, August 10, 2020. The weather began to worsen. It was nearly 2 p.m. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa when strong winds began to bend trees dramatically and the noise got louder and louder.

It was time to go downstairs to the basement – a safer place – to wait out the storm. → Read more

Existential psychotherapy is based on the model of human nature and experience. It focuses on concepts that are universally applicable to human existence including death, freedom, responsibility, and the meaning of life. The following presentation was given by Dr. Rollo May at the 1985 Evolution of Psychotherapy conference. You can find the full recording of this presentation and many other historical recordings in our Evolution of Psychotherapy Archives.


Evolution of Psychotherapy 1985 – Invited Address 12 Existential Therapy and the Future by Rollo May, PhD

Text transcript below…


Pictured: Rollo R. May, PhD and Virginia Satir

Address by Rollo May 

Mr. Chairman, I’m sorry to say I cannot speak to you with those lights in my eyes. I cannot speak to anybody I cannot see. So I’m going to put on a hat I borrowed from a friend. And I hope, [APPLAUSE] I hope it doesn’t look too ridiculous. But at least that makes it possible for us to have communication rather than recitation. Now, if you want to learn about existential psychotherapy, read Irving Yalom’s book called Existential Psychotherapy, or my “Discovery of Being”, because I’m not going to try to do a survey of what existentialism is this morning. But I do want to say some things that I think are tremendously important to me, and I hope for you as well. When Karl Menninger was visiting at our house recently, I asked him how he, since he was the name practically synonymous with the mental health movement for some 50 years, how he would define therapy. And he answered, people have been talking to each other for 1000s of years. The question is, how did it become worth $60 an hour.

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By Rick Landis Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 41 seconds

I remember Dr. Erickson telling me that it was both important to trust the unconscious and at the same time to make sure that the unconscious was regularly fed with new and interesting learnings so it had even more with which to work. This became evident to me while I was showing some students how to use hypnosis to potentiate EMDR’s effectiveness. I had been demonstrating a metaphor of physical healing to stimulate emotional healing when a student interrupted asking how I got my ideas for my metaphors. Since I naturally go into my own trance while I am doing metaphor work, his question inadvertently triggered a deep search within me. Instantly, I was transported to Dr. Erickson’s kitchen where we were discussing one of our favorite topics: What does it mean to be human? → Read more

By Milton H. Erickson, M.D.

From the Erickson Archives

Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes, 42 seconds 

I have been asked to make a recording of an induction technique. After much thought on this matter, I believe I can be of much more service in another way. My own induction techniques are expressive to me, of my timing, of my rhythm, my personality, my emotional feeling, my attitude toward my patient. So it is with anybody else, and so it should be with anybody else. An induction technique is not a series of words, phrases, or sentences. Nor is it just a matter of suggestions, intentions, inflections, pauses, and hesitations. An induction technique is both simply and complexly a matter of communication of ideas and understandings and attitudes by the doctor to his patient. → Read more

By Rubin Battino, M.S. Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes, 21 seconds

Estelle is a friend who at age 75 was diagnosed with breast cancer. She knew that I had done volunteer work with people who have life­ threatening diseases. The first session was devoted to going over the kinds of things I do to help people. For instance, teaching them how to relax and meditate, guided imagery for healing, and asking direct questions about living wills and medical treat­ment. Considering the information Estelle provided, I prepared two 15-minute guided imagery tapes for her.

I used the first session to elicit information about past surgical expe­riences and any fears Estelle had about the upcoming surgery. I told her about research which indicated that while under anesthesia patients can hear what is said in the operating room. Using the information she gave to me I led her through a hypnotic session centered on preparation for surgery. → Read more

By Maria Escalante Cortina, M.A., DDS Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes, 15 seconds 

After reading “The Indigo Children” (Carroll and Tober, 1999) I realized these children would be helped by utilizing Ericksonian Psychotherapy. Utilization is a fundamental premise of this therapy. It is important for anyone, and certainly for children, that attributes and qualities be used instead of productively being labeled “faults.” Additionally, as Haley says in “Jay Haley on Milton H. Erickson,” (pp. 39, 1993. Brunner/Mazel, N.Y.) Erickson often used metaphors to help people of diverse views. In this way, they could more easily discover their own ideas. This concept led me to think about ways for helping the “Indigo Children.” → Read more