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Erickson’s Utilization Approach

Erickson’s approach is a utilization approach, which has three
The first stage is Preparation, which we discussed in the
chapters on personal history, pre-talk and suggestibility
The second stage is Trance Work, which will be our main
focus in this chapter.
The third stage is joint Evaluation of Results by the client
and the Hypnotherapist, which locks in convincers for the
client and enables deep integration of changes.
Steps in Trance Work
Essential to Trance Work is fixation of the client’s attention. We
have discussed how hypnotists from the time of James Braid had
the client focus on an object positioned to make the eyes fixate in
an upward stare. In contrast, Erickson achieved hypnosis by
utilizing the client’s beliefs and behavior to focus their attention on
Ericksonian Methods
inner realities. Using Milton Model patterns from Chapter 4, you
too can engage the client’s Unconscious Mind and focus their
attention on inner realities.
The client comes to the Hypnotherapist with a fully developed
‘model of the world,’ which contains their values, their beliefs, and
their concepts of how things work in the world. The client stores
this model of the world in their Unconscious Mind. If the strongly
held values and beliefs in their model conflict with their conscious
desires, the client’s unconscious model of the world will block
their attainment of those desires. Hypnosis can unseat deeply held
success-blocking beliefs that the client has about himself and his
Erickson recognized that in order to help the client create changes,
he first needed to loosen the client’s model of the world, so that
the client’s Unconscious Mind would be open to changes in beliefs
and values. While the client was in trance, Erickson used distraction,
shock, surprise, doubt, confusion and any other process that chal-
lenged their model of the world. Erickson’s purpose was to lead
the client into an unconscious search. He used ambiguities,
implications, questions, puns, and other indirect forms of sugges-
tion to activate that unconscious search. The client would then
move through an unconscious process, activating new associations
and mental mechanisms. The client’s hypnotic responses, often in
the form of deep trance phenomena, would show Erickson that
major change had occurred.
When you are obtaining your client’s Personal History, your use of
the Meta Model will begin loosening their model of the world by
focusing their conscious attention on details that they have been

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