Milton H. Erickson and HypnotherapyHypnotherapy and Hypnobalancing™ in Berlin
Milton H. Erickson (1901-1980) was born into a Wisconsin farming family, He was stricken with polio at the age of 17 and again at the age of 51, so that by the end of his life he was confined to a wheelchair. He was colorblind, dyslexic and tone-deaf.
His relationship with hypnosis was a very personal one. He first encountered it as a way of overcoming his physical limitations.
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1928, with an MA in psychology and an MD. Later, as Director of Psychiatric Research and Training at the Wayne County Hospital in Michigan, he conducted many experiments on hypnotic phenomena, such as hypnotically induced deafness and colorblindness. Above all, his interest was in the therapeutic value of hypnosis, and to this end, he adopted a unique approach.
He was so mistrusted that the American Medical Association tried to revoke his practitioner’s license in the 1950s. Today many see him as one of the most important therapists. His influence is enormous. The vast majority of hypnotherapists practicing today will use some form of Ericksonian approach.
Milton Erickson once said, “Patients are patients because they are out of rapport with their own unconscious.”.