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Ericksonian Methods and Stories for Working with Pain in the 21 Century : June 15-16

A workshop on using Ericksonian methods for the 21 century from Nigel Hetherington and Phil Jeremiah.

Your clients have pain and the trust you to do something anything so that you can help them somehow, even if it’s just a little bit of relief or something very much more. Your clients can have any combination of physical and psychological pain from anxiety to neuropathic pain that is non responsive to drugs.

You have pain when you’re searching for inspiration or yet another technique after the tools you have learned and mastered,  have failed.  You basically start over thinking, and move out of your creative intuition, your wisdom, and begin to panic, fuelling all the thinking, and techniques that in that moment won’t feel congruent to you and most likely not to your clients either.

When the technique fails, the real learning and work begin

There is a deep wisdom in storytelling. This is what Erickson, whether just a little indirect or very indirect  is famous for. This is the same story telling for healing that Aldus Huxley, a good friend of Erickson incorporates both directly and overtly in his book Island. Advocating healing at levels that are associative, indirect and sometimes an ordeal to experience and as such either bypassing too much thinking mind resistance or utilising the thinking mind frustrations.

Working holistically with your client, you really do want to deeply validate their pain and genuinely express your compassionate understanding of their entire situation. This is a true way to begin an organismically honest interaction. This is also a key to feeding your spontaneity and intuition in the work you will do with your client together and apart.

Some of the specific areas for exploration will be: the complexity of pain management, symptom imperative, constructing metaphors/embedded nested loops, double binds for conscious and unconscious processing, naturalistic trance, ordeal and tasking, completing gestalts, the use of mythology, philosophy and psychology, placebos possibilities and playfulness.

Information points for this training

  • Specifically for practising / experienced therapists
  • We are stressing this is an experimental workshop, where we can offer frame works for story telling where this is likely to be some techniques though don’t expect them, rather stories for the transmission of ideas of change and healing.
  • Developing your creativity, intuition and spontaneity
  • Being yourself and not some Erickson clone.

Phil and Nigel have been working with and teaching hypnosis for more than forty five years combined and they are still learning. Nigel and Phil have trained with the likes of  Ernest Rossi, Jeffrey Zeig, Sidney Rossen, Steve Gilligan and Bill O’Hanlon and together have just about every article and book by and about Erickson. And … are still learning. This is an invitation to come and join us and enjoy the wonderment, artistry, wisdom and genius of Milton Hyland Erickson and yourself.

Newcastle upon Tyne
June 15-16
Price £150

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Relationships Healing and Boundary’s. How to Heal.

This is a process for healing. Specifically healing a past relationship or encounter or meeting; that still, if you think about it has energy in the negative for you. In other words, it still hurts and you are still hurting. That hurt is a boundary.

Here is a formulaic way of letting all that go, so you can move on.

This is an admixture of body appreciation and wisdom. Incorporating ideas from Gestalt Therapy, Ken Wilber’s ‘No Boundary’ and a very deep sense of who you are, genuinely and acting from that center or gateless gate.

We begun at the TranceCafe The Newcastle NLP and Hypnotherapy Practice Group with a very simple exercise. Recount, tell your story about a very positive interaction with another person.

Following on from this we did a body scan. That is the well known and familiar re-direction of conscious attention into your body. The idea is to discover where and while you, as the scanner, feel positive and negative sensations. This can also be emotions though the accent is on sensations.

What we are attempting to do here is, from recalling a positive encounter with another person, what is happening, going on in your body. If you ever thought you were an island or other people don’t have an effect withing you – think again – or better … feel again. ‘Lose your mind and come to your senses’

Next we explored what kind of relationships we can have. Here is what was offered on the evening.


So you can see that Relationship, the word meaning comes in a lots of different and varied flavours. And that’s gona make a lots of sense. Specifically the ones you want to change inside and outside.

OK, here is the mostly main point. After sharing a positive interaction and doing a body scan. Do the almost opposite – after all that is what healing is about. Recall a negative, hurtful, harmful interaction with another person,

The way this is done is without sharing this with another person, Just remember, recall and relive this in your own reality-experience. Feel what you feel. I am assuming its not good, its not what you wanted, its what is still unresolved.

Once you have done that, excruciating as that may be, its done in the in the privacy of you. Once you have done that, do a body scan again and feel what is going on for you. And I mean really feel. Could be a surprise and this could be an announcement or an acknowledgement of your feelings. All of this is YOU-ANOTHER. Well kind of; Its Interdependence.

Having done all of that recollecting a negative interaction and noticed what you are feeling, it time to do some healing. Review that interaction and get precisely clear about your expectations. The kind of ethnomethodology of usually unspecified social interactions that show up by their lack pathos.

Getting precisely clear about your expectations that didn’t show up in that encounter, also get clear about the other half. What the person ( in your mind ) expected from you. Get clear about the emotion you feel now.

Directly express your emotion and expectations towards that other person. Yes, they are not there, but you can complete the Gestalt by having a real conversation with an imaginary person. Tell them directly what wasn’t there – your missing expectations and what you want, your expectations.

Finally, imagine being that other person and relate that mutual reality of listening and feeling those expectations and emotions. Come back to yourself and notice what you notice. What shifts in perceived boundary’s are there for you now?

NLP Practitioner Training in Newcastle upon Tyne nine days in August and over six months from January to June. Newcastle NLP Practice Group first Wednesday of the month, 7-9pm.