What we teach
Milton Erickson MD is considered the father of modern hypnotherapy. His definition of hypnotherapy is:
“A process whereby we help people utilize their own mental associations, memories, and life potentials to achieve their own therapeutic goals.”
(from "Hypnotherapy, an exploratory casebook" by Milton Erickson & Ernest Rossi)
We teach what we might loosely call 'Ericksonian Hypnosis', with the understanding that Milton Erickson, who was suspicious about there being particular 'schools' of therapy, and who disapproved of rigid thinking when it comes to the therapeutic approach, probably wouldn't have approved of that description!
After many years of clinical work, thousands of clients, and hours of teaching in this field, David Kennedy developed this comprehensive and practical course in Hypnosis and Hypnotic techniques, psychotherapy, and Neuro-linguistic Programming.
Over the years, this has been added to and refined. We teach an eclectic model of hypnosis which is not limited by focusing on a particular school of thought. While the standard (and universal) techniques and processes of hypnosis are taught, we are influenced by and teach in the spirit of Milton Erickson.
Most importantly, what we teach is a client-centred approach. What this means in practical terms is that we aim to teach therapists to meet each client as an individual, and to adapt their therapeutic technique as appropriate for that person. Ultimately, good hypnotherapy is about good communication.
The Clinical Practice of Hypnosis Course incorporates a theoretical and practical base for the practice of hypnosis as a modality on its own, or as an adjunct to other professions.
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