The first volume to appear in the Crown House Classics Series, The Answer Within fits the bill perfectly as it is both 'classicand completely contemporary. With new introductions by the authors, The Answer Within illuminates the genius of Milton H. Erickson as a psychotherapist and demonstrates how the principles that anchored his creativity can be incorporated into an effective therapeutic approach that is both flexible and grounded. A foundational work that continues to be fresh, the book takes the reader step by step from diagnostic assessment through treatment plan, illustrating each stage with clinical examples and transcripts. Clear and engaging, the informative case presentations include actual inductions and intricate metaphors accompanied by insightful commentary on therapeutic strategies and techniques.
From Contemporary Psychology (1984):
'The clarity with which the subject is presented will not only help readers to understand Erickson's use of metaphor, but will help them understand how this technique may be used in their own practice.'
From The Script, International Transactional Analysis Association (1983):
'a balanced, thoughtful analysis and interpretation of Milton H. Erickson's approach to hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. 'a 'complex system of skillswhich is neither magic nor mere mechanics.
From the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (1984):
'The book is creative, thoughtful, and useful. Perhaps because the book is uniquely their own style, Erickson might have commended the framework provided as 'Lanktonian Hypnotherapy'.
About the Authors:
Stephen Lankton, MSW, LCSW, DAHB, is a psychotherapist practicing in Phoenix, Arizona. He is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. He taught as faculty associate at Arizona State University, Dept. of Behavioral Science and Sociology until 2009.
He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Psychotherapy and the Irving Secter Award for outstanding contributions to the field of clinical hypnosis. He is a Fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT); Fellow and Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and a Diplomate in Clinical Hypnosis and president emeritus of American Hypnosis Board for Clinical Social Work (AHBCSW). He is an Arizona Licensed Clinical Social Worker and serves on the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Social Work Credentialing Committee.
He has been a keynote speaker, invited faculty, workshop, and seminars leader for hundreds of conferences sponsored by virtually every major national and state professional organization as well as dozens of universities, and post-graduate training centers in the US. He is internationally known for his clinical work and teaching of Strategic therapy, Transactional Analysis, Ericksonian, and Gestalt approaches to psychotherapy, brief therapy, couples therapy, and hypnosis in over a dozen countries for the last 35 years.
He has authored and coauthored best selling professional books including: The Answer Within, Enchantment and Intervention in Family Therapy, Tales of Enchantment and Practical Magic, as well as Assembling Ericksonian Therapy and his most recent book Tools of Intention. He has edited and co-edited 11 other books. He was founding Editor of The Ericksonian Monographs, and has published numerous clinical papers and chapters. His works have been translated into 6 languages.
He created a new methodology for bringing the science of human behavior to interface management at corporate enterprise level. As a corporate consultant his clients have consisted large US organizations including the Internal Revenue Service, New York State Human Services, New York State Tax and Finance, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, American Express, Xerox, and others.
Carol Hicks Lankton, MA, is a licensed marriage and family therapist who operates a private practice at the Wellness Institute of East Hill in Pensacola, Florida. Internationally recognized for her role in the evolution of an Ericksonian approach to family therapy and clinical hypnosis, she is the coauthor of three books and author of numerous contributions. Ms. Lankton conducts training for mental health professionals worldwide and is passionate in her desire to facilitate therapeutic transformation that is both brief and deeply healing.