Ericksonian hypnosis
Ericksonian hypnosis


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.

Natural Medicines rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.

Dosing & administration

    Adverse effects

    Interactions with pharmaceuticals

    None known.

    Interactions with herbs & supplements

    None known.

    Interactions with foods

    None known.

    Interactions with lab tests

    Interactions with diseases

    Mechanism of action

    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. has licensed professional monographs from TRC Healthcare. Full monographs are available to Pro practitioner accounts.
    This monograph was last reviewed on 12/05/2015 17:58:06. Monographs are reviewed and/or updated multiple times per month and at least once per year.
    Natural Medicines disclaims any responsibility related to medical consequences of using any medical product. Effort is made to ensure that the information contained in this monograph is accurate at the time it was published. Consumers and medical professionals who consult this monograph are cautioned that any medical or product related decision is the sole responsibility of the consumer and/or the health care professional. A legal License Agreement sets limitations on downloading, storing, or printing content from this Database. No reproduction of this monograph or any content from this Database is permitted without written permission from the publisher. It is unlawful to download, store, or distribute content from this site.