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Milton Erickson

Milton H. Erickson (1901 - 1980) was a psychiatrist regarded by many as the foremost practitioner of medical hypnosis in his time.

He was founding president of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, as well as a fellow of several APAs: The American Psychiatric Association, The American Psychological Association, and The American Psychopathological Association.

He was noted for his often unconventional approach to psychotherapy, such as described in the book Uncommon Therapy by Jay Haley; for his extensive use of therapeutic metaphor and story as well as hypnosis; and for coining the term Brief Therapy for his approach of addressing therapeutic changes in relatively few sessions, often as few as a single session.

Erickson was 'modeled' by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, the founders of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

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