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What is Gestalt Therapy? Fritz Perls, with his collaborators, developed Gestalt Psychotherapy. He used the term “Gestalt” because many of the underlying principles are based on the German School of Gestalt Psychology. Gestalt is, of course, a German word, not … Continue reading

Fritz Perls Father of Gestalt Therapy Perls was a German Jew, born on 8th July 1893 in Berlin. His mother and sister adored him, but he had a very bad relationship with his father, who bullied and ridiculed him when … Continue reading

General Principles of the Ericksonian Approach to Hypno-Psychotherapy The following could perhaps be construed as Erickson’s trademarks. An idiographic approach – designing therapy for each unique individual client. A utilisation approach – re-channelling a person’s interests and responses into the … Continue reading

My Favourite Milton Erickson Quotes My clinical work has been greatly influenced by the work of the American Psychiatrist and Hypnotist, Milton H Erickson. Known for his folksy ways and use of metaphor his approach was and is still quite … Continue reading

Links Between Anxiety and Depression Depression and anxiety disorders are not the same, although at first glance they seem very similar. Depression generates emotions such as hopelessness, despair and anger. Energy levels are usually very low, and depressed people often … Continue reading

Hypnotherapy Technique or Profession? This is a paper I co-wrote with my friend and colleague Fiona Biddle, enjoy This paper is derived from what seems to be the age old question as to whether hypnotherapy is technique or profession. This … Continue reading

STATE OR NON-STATE? For people with an interest in hypnosis, they might not know that there are two theories about hypnosis that are currently in favour, state and non state theories. Some of the main points can be found below. … Continue reading

DREAMS: WHY DON’T PSYCHOLOGISTS TAKE THEM MORE SERIOUSLY? One of the most common questions I get asked as a psychotherapist is “will you be interested in my dreams?” I wanted to take this opportunity to outline some of the theoretical strengths … Continue reading

Structural Model and Instinct Theory STRUCTURAL MODEL AND INSTINCT THEORY In line with his structural model, Sigmund Freud conceives of the human personality as evolving in three areas. He termed them id (broadly speaking, the biological), ego (the psychological) and superego (the sociological, or simply the social). … Continue reading

SUBMODALITIES Following my last piece on sensory systems, there’s another, even more fundamental, level of the sensory systems. This is the level of submodalities. Each sense system (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, olfactory and gustatory) could be considered as a “modality” (i.e., … Continue reading

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