M. H. Erickson helped several women to heal their wounds, to cope with pain, to better recognize resources and possibilities of their feminine body, combining physiology and psychology, searching harmony among different roles and with the environment. Erickson helped several women to change what was important for them at a specific phase of their life, working on body shape and image, giving suggestions on how to be a "good"" mother and/or wife, and teaching how to cultivate a professional attitude to empowering strategic behaviours. The presentation will highlight some of Erickson's cases to underline what is still valid in this century with today's women.
M.H. Erickson shares with ancient philosophers (Plato, Aristotle, Epictetus, and Epicurus, among others) the attitude to reach practical wisdom or prudence (phronesis), fulfillment or happiness (eudaimonia) and a tranquil mind (euthimia) in our human life. Many Erickson’s suggestions and metaphors are related to the observation of natural phenomena, to the utilization of the process of changes, of the recognition of differences and of the acceptance of the mysteries of nature. This speech will present various philosophic concepts embedded in suggestions and metaphors utilized by Erickson in some of his cases and the creative application of philosophical ideas, techniques and virtues to the problems of life.
Consuelo C. Casula is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Milan, Italy, and trainer for hypnosis and psychotherapy at the Scuola Italiana di Ipnosi e Psicoterapia Ericksoniana and at other schools of psychotherapy. She is the President-Elect of ESH (2011-2014) and Secretary/treasurer of ISH (2009-2012). She has presented papers and conducted workshops at national and international congresses, and also in Japan, Mexico, and Brazil, on Ericksonian hypnotherapy, metaphors, happiness, resilience, philosophy and hypnosis, and women development. She was invited to present at the 10th and at the 11th International congress on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. She has written articles and books on communication skills, leading groups, metaphors, women development and resilience. The book on metaphor has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese and French.