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Commonalities Between Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Native American Healing
Journal of Mental Health Counseling (2009)
  • Timothy Thomason, Northern Arizona University
Abstract

There are many commonalities between the techniques used in Ericksonian psychotherapy and the healing rituals used in traditional Native American tribes. Milton H. Erickson had some Indian heritage and may have derived some of his therapeutic techniques from his study of tribal healing practices. A review of the literature shows that both approaches emphasize symbolic healing through the use of story telling, metaphors, ambiguous tasks, ordeals, and rituals. Both approaches also use direct and indirect hypnosis to relieve psychological distress. Implications for the practice of mental health counseling are described.

Keywords
  • Milton Erickson,
  • Native Americans,
  • American Indians,
  • indigenous healing
Disciplines
Publication Date
2009
Publisher Statement
Copyright 2009 by Journal of Mental Health Counseling
Citation Information
Timothy Thomason. "Commonalities Between Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Native American Healing" Journal of Mental Health Counseling Vol. 31 Iss. 4 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/timothy_thomason/13/