Home PageBlogBook Review: More Common Therapy: The Experiential Psychotherapy of Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD

By Robert Staffin, PsyD

Reviewed by John D. Lentz D. Min

Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 47 seconds

This book is done well on many different levels. Through his own rich experience attending Jeff Zeig’s masterclasses, Robert Staffin creates a vicarious experience that includes multilevel learning. Staffin is aware of what those who take a master class in psychotherapy are seeking and he offers possibilities for meeting those needs. As he recounts his experiences and illustrates Jeff Zeig’s wizardry, a smorgasbord of multilevel learning is the backdrop. Following along with Zeig’s teaching, on one level he talks about the possibilities for therapists, and on another level, the possibilities for an individual. He also explains the complexities and intricacies of Zeig’s teaching, which is another level of learning.

Staffin relates how Zeig is deeply committed and kind, coupled with his broad capacity to offer therapeutic experiences that transform people’s lives. Readers will sense how much Staffin admires Zeig for his gifts and capabilities.

This book can be used as a reference as well as a road map for enhanced learning. Techniques covered include para verbal markers, compound suggestions, gestures, empowerment, credibility, setting limits, and wordplay, which make for a colorful pallet of possibilities.

The title of this book is a nod to Jay Haley’s seminal book about Milton Erickson, Uncommon Therapy (1973), which put Erickson on the psychotherapy map. Staffin’s book demonstrates how Zeig has carried forth the torch for more than 40 years, teaching what he learned from his mentor and friend. Even those of us who know and appreciate Zeig for his abilities will be inspired.

This 273-page book divided into four parts includes 51 chapters, an index, a bibliography, and a section called “Finding Your Way.”

I not only recommend this book, but will use it to teach students, and you will likely, too.


This book is recommended by Dr. Jeffrey Zeig himself if you are planning on attending the Art of Psychotherapy Course for a better understanding of the course. You can find more information and register for the upcoming round of The Art of Psychotherapy Course here. If this book is of interest to you and you would like to purchase it, you can find it here.


This book review has been extracted from Volume 41, Issue No. 1 of The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter.

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