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Translating Meaning Into Life: A Taoist Parable, by Alan Briskin

It may be helpful for therapists to think of themselves as gardeners of synchronicity. One of my mentors, Dr. Milton Erickson spoke of encouraging clients to go out and see the world, and be open to experiences and “accidents” which their own consciousness’ could integrate as new ways of learning and dealing with difficulties. As well, this article stresses […]

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Therapists as scout or soldier

As a therapist and learner: are you a soldier or a scout? Sometimes our training encourages us to be better soldiers; to see our clients and the world in a particular way and to validate and enforce that perception. As an alternative, Julia Galef encourages “scout mind”. A good Scout is curious, open-minded and well […]

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How Do You Find The “African Violet” Part Of People’s Lives?

Milton Erickson remains a towering figure in the history of psychotherapy. An American psychiatrist and hypnotherapist, he died in 1980 but his approach and creativity continues to influence generations of therapists after him. I had the fortunate opportunity of a six-day training with him and five other therapists in his small converted garage office adjacent to his […]