Gordon Young

The Resistance Trap: The Bind of Secondary Gain

Most of us have been taught to look for an "appropriate" level of commitment from our clients. What is commonly referred to as "resistance" is a challenge for many of us, but what is resistance really? What is the underpinning assumptions that generate "resistance"? Why would people come and not want to change? You may well be surprised and relieved by the answers.

This presentation will show you why and how clients run these negative programmes, how it is essentially part of the deal, and highlight how therapists can actually create or reinforce resistance. It will offer you a number of ways to overcome the problem and ensure that your session is valuable by covering off the "core obstacles" to change from the beginning.

Gordon is a psychotherapist based in Sydney Australia. He has been heavily influenced by the work of Milton Erickson and many of his students, and uses hypnosis regularly in his practice. He is the former President of the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists (ASCH), and has served as the Editor of the Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis. Gordon is also the director and lead trainer of the Australian Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy, and is known widely as an insightful and entertaining speaker.