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Forming in Group Process STAGE I: INFANCY Regardless of what events give birth to a group, as it begins, it has to form, to come together. The behaviours in Stage I are initially polite and superficial as each person seeks … Continue reading

Understanding Group Process GROUP CYCLES FROM BIRTH TO DEATH (Adapted from the work of Richard Weber, NTL, 1982) During our lives, both professional and social, we all have experienced times in being in or with groups that have worked and … Continue reading

The Psychology of Suggestions What is a suggestion? 1. A suggestion is any single thought, series of thoughts, ideas, words, beliefs, or actions given in any manner – direct , indirect, conscious, unconscious, that changes or alters a person’s normal … Continue reading

Regression in Hypnotherapy  Here I give two techniques for the regression section of the session, firstly using Ideo-motor responses, secondly a free-floating regression. Alternatively you can simply ask questions! While regressing, there are some basic considerations: Clean language is an absolute … Continue reading

Research in practice Why should research be of interest to a therapist in practice or to the student in Social Science?  Consider the following issues for a moment and then write down in Work Box One how you think applied … Continue reading

Harry Stack Sullivan Harry Stack Sullivan puts forward multi-axial formulations of human development. According to his cornerstone one-genus postulate, firstly, human beings resemble each other more than any other organism: “the differences between any two instances of human personality – … Continue reading

The mind There is a great deal of discussion about the above topic. Some question whether or not the conscious or unconscious minds even exist. The fact is that if one were to examine the human brain, you would not … Continue reading

Medical Issues and Hypno-psychotherapy For today’s blog, I would like to offer you a very important piece of work created for the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy by its Chief Medical Officer, Dr Geoff Ibbotson. I believe this to be … Continue reading

LUSTIG’S MASTERY MODEL The following procedure has been abstracted from a video produced by Herb Lustig (Lustig, 1986), who worked closely with Erickson during the 1970s. During a single session (condensed to about 15 minutes on the video), Lustig assists … Continue reading

COGNITIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY: COGNITIVE MODEL OF ANXIETY According to Weishaar and Beck (1986), anxiety disorders are seen as the result of excessive functioning or malfunctioning of normal survival mechanisms.  As in the case of depression, symptoms reflect the operation of specific systems: … Continue reading

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