model of hypnotherapy, the hypnotherapist works in an INDIRECT way
to help the patient reach and influence his own unconscious mind.
The hypnotherapist uses a specialized system of language by
utilizing metaphors, stories, fables, poems, jokes, idioms, etc., in
a conversational, informal way to teach lessons to the unconscious
mind. According to the Ericksonian model of hypnotherapy it is
mostly not necessary to analyse the past in order to find the trauma
that caused the symptoms, but rather to work in the present and to
utilize the symptoms to achieve change in the here-and-now (i.e. the
present). Therefore, in order to enhance the effectiveness of the
hypnotherapy, the therapist also incorporates anything the patient
indirectly reveals in therapy
(i.e. body language, figure of speech, etc.) or anything occurring
in the environment at that point in time (a jet flying past; a door
rattling in the wind; etc.). The hypnotherapist therefore utilizes
the patient's unique approach to, and experience of the world. The
hypnotherapist is constantly both communicating with the patient and
observing the patient 'between the lines', and therefore indirectly.
All of this is at the core of the process of Ericksonian
Hypnotherapy, in order to utilize the resources of the patient's
unconscious mind to reach new
understandings of his symptoms in the here-and-now and to change it
to the patient's benefit.