Uncommon Therapy: The Psychiatric Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. - Study Guide Chapter 4, Character Revision of the Young Adult Summary & Analysis

Jay Haley
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Haley explains that in the most severe cases, Erickson would consider long-term therapy; otherwise, his relationship with clients last only a few weeks. This is in contrast to other forms of talk therapy where there is a greater emphasis on understanding the client, and the relationship tends to involve weekly meetings for years on end. When Erickson conducts long-term therapy, he does not do it as one extensive and lengthy contact with meetings once each week for years. Instead, he varies the frequency of appointments. Further, when the client's real need is social contact, Erickson goes out of his way to actually artificially create relationships for his patients. Once he helps a patient to establish contact, he then keeps out of that friendship so that it takes its own natural course. Readers should...

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