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Pictured: From L to R Carl Whitaker, John Weakland, Jay Haley and Carlos Sluzki

The following was presented by Jay Haley in December 1980 at the First International Congress on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy:

I have published my views of Erickson’s therapy extensively, but to me he remains a mysterious person. In hundreds of hours talking together, I explored his life and work; yet I know him less well than other men I have associated with more briefly. Having learned many of his therapy techniques, I applied them in my practice and teaching. Not a day passes that I do not use something that I learned from Erickson in my work.

Erickson was by no means secretive about his work…For many years he gave seminars and workshops to large audiences in this country and abroad. He wrote over one hundred publications. Thousands of visitors came to talk with him, individually and in groups. His lectures, demonstrations, and conversations have been recorded more than those of any other clinician. He gave generously of himself and his knowledge to anyone who was interested. Although Erickson liked to show you that you still had much to learn, he did not attempt to be mysterious or obscure. Often, he was frustrated when his ideas were only partially understood…I don’t know how many times over the years I asked him why he did something in therapy, and he answered, “That’s obvious.” I would say, “Milton, it’s not obvious,” and I pursued him only to find a new and unexpected complexity in his thinking.

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Wizard of the Desert: The life and work of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. by Alex Vesely

About the Project

Milton H. Erickson revolutionized the world of psychotherapy with his novel and effective approach. Eventually his approach was tabbed, “Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.” His ideas inspired many professionals and became the basis of many new schools of brief therapy, including strategic therapy, interactional therapy, Rossi’s mind/body approach, solution-focused therapy, NLP, outcome-oriented therapy, and the self-relations approach. This documentary explores the life and work of Milton Erickson to provide a picture of the man was thought of as the “Mozart of communication.”

Dr. Erickson died in 1980, but his work continues to spread around the world. This film takes a look at how today’s leading professionals in the field are building on Erickson’s ideas; how Erickson has influenced their way of working; and how they envision the future of psychotherapy. → Read more