Milton H. Erickson piloted a number of therapeutic techniques to help people deal with and work through their psychological problems. Ericksonian hypnosis, also known as Eriksonian hypnotherapy, is a form of suggestive therapy that uses the tools of metaphor, suggestive phrases and tones of voice. The patient is conscious during Ericksonian hypnosis, and the methods of this process are often incorporated into psychotherapy. Today, this work is carried on through The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, which holds trainings and distributes publications related to Ericksonian hypnosis.
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Proponents believe that these tools decrease a patient's resistance to incorporating new ideas or behavior patterns. Ericksonian hypnosis, also known as Eriksonian hypnotherapy, uses the tools of metaphor, suggestive phrases and tones of voice.
According to The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, the therapist uses these tools when talking to the patient to help the person become more aware of his thought patterns.