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Unread August 23rd, 2005, 03:13 PM
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Default The Elevator Question

Okay, so you get on an elevator at the lobby level of a very tall building and press the button for the top floor. A woman gets on from the second floor and asks, "What do you?" You reply, "I'm an Eriksonian therapist." She asks, "What is Eriksonian therapy?" You have about 90 seconds to explain before the elevator gets to the top floor. Go!
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Unread August 25th, 2005, 01:39 AM
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You say, “I am a psychotherapist. My approach, taken from the work of Dr. Milton Erickson, emphasizes each person's individual strengths and uses what he or she knows and has learned to create a unique "therapy" for that person. Unlike most approaches, it is health-oriented and not pathology-oriented.”

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Unread August 25th, 2005, 01:56 PM
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Well, you were a sport, so I'll bite:
"What do you mean, health-oriented? I wouldn't be seeing you unless I had a problem, right?"
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Unread August 26th, 2005, 02:08 AM
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"People have problems when they can't find the experiences and resources they need to handle them. A health-oriented approach hunts for those needed experiences and resources. And, generally, we find want we go about looking for."
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Unread August 26th, 2005, 09:52 AM
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"I guess I don't see how that's different from pathology-oriented approaches. When I was depressed last year, I went to a CBT therapist, and we worked together to find new ways of thinking and acting that made me feel better. Isn't that looking for experiences and resources too?"
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Unread August 27th, 2005, 02:07 PM
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"I don't consider CBT to be pathology-oriented. New ways of thinking and acting are definitely health-oriented. I hope your therapist also helped you, beyond changing undesireable self-talk, to identify visual images that you might be re-experiencing (even pre- or unconscously)...especially since you said " 'looking' for experiences and resources"! A person ought to be able to re-see, so to speak, previously 'traumatic' events and not have any undesirable feeling experiences. That goal, identifying and challenging visual imagery, is, unfortunately, not directly addressed in CBT as far as I know."

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Unread August 29th, 2005, 09:55 AM
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That goal, identifying and challenging visual imagery, is, unfortunately, not directly addressed in CBT as far as I know."

Aside: Actually, it's addressed in Cognitive Therapy (Chapter 13 of "Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond", Beck, provides a good summary) and in REBT (Chapter 6 of "Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy", Ellis and MacLaren). In addition, Lazarus has written extensively on the topic, though his Multimodal Therapy is arguably not in the mainstream of CBT.

"How do you get at unconscious events?"
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Unread September 14th, 2005, 10:17 PM
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Yes, I know Arnold Lazarus dealt with it and I love his work. I am glad to hear that it made mainstream CBT finally. Thanks to telling me.
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