What can a therapist do when faced with the all-too-familiar client who seems stuck or resistant? With this volume, veteran therapists Carol and Steve Lankton offer clinicians an effective tool with which they can expand their ability to be successful in therapy through integrating the use of indirection into the more commonly used rational and direct approach. This is a book of predesigned stories that the Lanktons and their trainees have told in successful therapy in order to assist clients in their movement toward specific, preplanned goals. The stories are categorized according to the way they are structured to reach particular types of goals, such as changes in affect, attitudinal restructuring, changes in behavior, changes in family structure, changes in self-image and many others.
Table of Contents
Preface, Acknowledgments, 1. This Part of the Forest, 2. Affect Metaphors, 3. Attitude Metaphors, 4. Behavior Metaphors, 5. Family Structure Change Metaphors, 6. Self-Image Thinking Metaphors, 7. Identity-Organization and Role-Development Metaphors, 8. Discipline and Enjoyment Metaphors, 9. Other Therapeutic Procedures Using Metaphor, 10. Trance Phenomena Anecdotes, 11. Metaphors for Children, Bibliography
Carol H. Lankton, M.A., is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Family Therapy Association, an Associate Editor on the Editorial Board for the Ericksonian Monographs, and has been among the invited faculty of the Congresses on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, 1982, 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1988. She is also the author of numerous articles and teaching videos.
Stephen R. Lankton, M.S.W., is a Board Certified Diplomate in Social Work (ABECSW & NASW). He is an Approved Supervisor and Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is board certified a a Diplomate in Clinical Hypnosis by the American Board for Clinical Social Work. He is founding editor of the Ericksonian Monographs and the author of Practical Magic: A Translation of Neurolinguistic Programming into Clinical Psychotherapyand of the children's book, The Blammo-Surprise! Book: A Story to Help Children Overcome Their Fears.