Hypnosystemic Therapy

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Hypnosystemic therapy is a psychotherapeutic model that integrates methods of Ericksonian hypnotherapy into systemic therapeutic approaches . The basic idea is that both therapeutic approaches are based on almost the same understanding of how change occurs in the patient. According to one premise, problems are generated auto-hypnotically by restricting perception ( problem trance ). The therapist helps to achieve a solution trance by focusing on one's own resources .

Hypnosystemic therapy replaces the formal trance inductions of traditional hypnosis approaches by using and reinforcing naturally occurring trance processes. Accordingly, instead of a hypnotic monologue by the therapist, suggestions are usually embedded in the client conversation.

Gunther Schmidt , specialist in psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy , has designed and developed the hypnosystemic integration model since 1980 after working with Helm Stierlin for many years and after interning with Milton Erickson . The methods are related to the solution-oriented approach according to Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg as well as to neuro-linguistic programming .


  • Schmidt, Gunther: Introduction to hypnosystemic therapy and counseling . Carl-Auer-Verlag, Heidelberg 2005, ISBN 3-89670-470-2
  • Schmidt, Gunther: Love affairs between problem and solution. Hypnosystemic work in difficult contexts . 2nd edition, Carl-Auer-Systeme Verlag, Heidelberg 2004, ISBN 3-89670-430-3
  • Grinder, John, Bandler, Richard: Therapy in Trance . Ernst Klett Verlag, Stuttgart 1984, ISBN 978-3608951400
  • Grinder, John, Bandler, Richard: Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, MD Volume 1 . Meta Publications, Cupertino 1975, ISBN 1555520529