What Is The Milton Model Of Hypnosis

What Is The Milton Model Of Hypnosis?

- Nick K.

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Hypnosis and hypnotic techniques have been applied since ancient times, but Milton Erickson ( 1903-1982) through his studies and practice of hypnosis brought a great impulse to it demonstrating the efficacy of such practices and adding his personal findings about it.

What is the Milton Model of hypnosis then? It is a complex of oral patterns associated with the use of language and the hypnotic suggestion that was named after Milton Erickson. In fact, several techniques of neuro-linguistic programming are based in his hypnotic works.


The fundamental and main strategy of the Milton model was the process of “Pacing and Leading” where he would gently lead the clients to more useful ways of organizing their experiences and the acquisition of the Milton Model is necessary to achieve an effective hypnotic communication. With his refined management of verbal and non-verbal language he lead the clients to new possibilities and induced the desired changes. There is a deep knowledge of nature and human needs as well as a great respect for the individual and his needs. For Erickson the interesting thing about hypnosis is the possibility of overcoming problems and avoiding unnecessary suffering through it.
He used hypnosis as a tool for the investigation of the human mind.


The Ericksonian hypnosis is used in two forms:


1.The induction to the altered state of mind, which is the process that leads to trance.


2.The therapeutic utilization of the trance, which refers to the process through which the modifications take place.

Erickson used his inductive language patterns in a systematic and quite unusual way. His method puts the accent in the relationship and communication with the client.


Patience and observation are keys to the Milton Model of hypnosis success. It is necessary also to avoid having preconceptions regarding the client and focus the therapeutic goals into a concrete and nearer future.


The changes to introduce have to be progressive, and the idea is to create situations in which the patients can realize their own capabilities of changing their way of thinking.  If the contact between the therapist and the patient is established in the patient’s own environment this will contribute to ease the whole process.