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Short, to-the-point therapy techniques that you can use with your very next client.

These articles are published twice monthly in our Uncommon Ideas for Therapists. We're not wedded to any single school of psychotherapy, so the articles include techniques from cognitive therapy, family therapy, behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy... in fact just about any kind of therapy you can think of. The only criteria for inclusion are that we've tried it, and it worked. If you enjoy the articles, subscribe here to receive one every two weeks.

  • 3 strategic ways to deploy the power of sub goals with your clients
    Learn how to deploy the power of sub goals with your clients
  • 3 constructive ways to turn negativity into positive results with your clients
    Learn how to turn negativity into positive results.
  • 7 essential emotional needs all parents need to know about
    Learn seven basic needs to stir into your parenting mix.
  • 3 paradoxical parenting skills to manage challenging teens
    Learn how to manage challenging teens.
  • 5 reassuring ways to reframe your depressed client's physical symptoms
    Learn about five of the most common physical symptoms that often accompany depression.
  • 3 top tips for keeping therapy on track with parents and families
    Learn how to keep therapy on track with parents and families
  • 3 timeless ways to create better futures for depressed clients
    Learn how we use hypnosis to help clients explore 'non-depressive' futures.
  • 3 smart steps to help depressed clients see a brighter future
    Learn how to help depressed clients to see a brighter future.
  • 3 clever ways to teach your clients what they need to know
    Learn how to teach your clients what they need to know.
  • 3 top tips to stop premature speculation in your clients
    We like to have meanings for things. "Why did that happen?" we ask, or "What did she mean by that?"
  • 3 easy ways to help your clients avoid the elastic band effect
    Stretch an elastic band too far in one direction, and so much tension will build in the rubber that eventually it will ping back further the other way than it was before you started pulling it.
  • 3 ways to ask powerful healing questions
    The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions.
  • 3 smart ways to utilize identity to spur your clients to change
    " You've got to want to change! " That's what they say about psychotherapy. And it seems to be true.
  • 3 ways to use the power of focus to elicit trance
    In the normal way of things, focus of attention flits about like a sugar suffused butterfly from one thing to another. Ideas tumble through the mind like leaves tossed in the wind. Why do we hypnotise our clients?
  • 3 reasonable ways to reframe the unfairness of life
    Re-assessing hard times for a better future.
  • 3 quick steps to enlist your client's subconscious mind to help them heal
    Learn why it's sometimes good to go beyond a treatment plan.
  • Teaching people to be beautiful and strong
    Learn how to teach people to be beautiful and strong.
  • 3 automatic ways to help your clients feel better
    Learn how to use the power of hypnotic association.
  • No way out? 3 ways to help therapy clients escape double binds
    Learn how to find the way out of seeming impossibly situations.
  • How to neatly avoid resistance in therapy
    We generally don't like bossy people. Sure, we may respect them, know they are 'right', that they get things done, but they tend to rob us of something that we human beings prize, perhaps above anything: a sense of freedom.
  • 3 trusty tips for dealing with resistant clients
    If someone pushes you, should you push back?
  • 3 nifty ways to separate your client from their problem in therapy
    Human beings have a unique ability to observe and react to their own behaviour as if it were the actions of someone else - to engage the 'observing self'.
  • 3 vital pointers for helping clients with grief
    How to lead your clients safely through the agony of bereavement
  • 3 open-minded ways to help the hypno-sceptic
    People often take pride in their scepticism, as if being sceptical itself conferred some kind of badge of achievement. But, of course, it's nothing to be particularly proud of unless it's informed by knowledge, research and experience.
  • Simple ways to check for lifestyle health in therapy
    Each and every one of us has a number of primal emotional and physical needs. When these needs are not adequately met, we fall prey to every kind of emotional disorder, from depression to addiction, in an often unconscious attempt to satisfy them somehow.
  • 3 gentle ways to bring your clients out of hypnosis
    How to smooth the transition from trance to normal consciousness
  • 3 steps to help people overcome extreme jealousy
    How to help your therapy clients deal with jealous obsession
  • How to deal with the expert therapy client
    What to do when your therapy client has heard it all before
  • 3 ways to communicate client responsibility
    How to ensure therapy is the joint endeavour it needs to be
  • How to relieve hypnotic performance anxiety
    Guidelines for reassuring your clients about trance
  • 4 wonderful ways to wipe away worries
    Learn how to help clients who worry too much
  • 4 great therapy techniques for OCD
    Learn how to break the grip of compulsive behaviours
  • 3 cunning ways to communicate confidence in therapy
    How to inspire your clients to believe in their recovery
  • How to get your clients to listen
    Using the power of gossip to get their attention
  • How to use scaling in therapy
    Utilising the magic of numbers with your clients
  • 3 ways to help couples back to love (or at least like!)
    How to make relationship counselling more effective
  • How to build deep rapport
    Why remembering tiny details makes the biggest difference
  • How to stop your client's vicious circle of worry
    How to help your client separate the problem from the worry about the problem
  • Magical Therapy: 3 ways to use the miracle question
    How magic can help your clients make changes they believe are impossible
  • Treating insomnia - a 3-point checklist
    How to get your clients sleeping soundly again
  • 4 types of therapeutic task for more flexible therapy
    Here's a whirlwind tour of four different kinds of behavioural tasks you can set that could make a massive difference to your clients.
  • 3 key rules of reframing
    3 vital principles of reframing damaging perspectives
  • Hidden in plain sight: how to use the power of exceptions
    3 ways to use exception questions in therapy
  • How to be a kind task master
    3 ways to set tasks so your clients will do them
  • 3 powerful ways to identify your client's real problem
    Why a stained glass window reminded me of what it means to be human
  • 5 steps to 'hero therapy'
    How to use modelling to teach new skills and attitudes
  • How to get self affirmations to work for you
    4 steps to help clients boost their willpower
  • How to prepare clients for hypnosis
    3 ways to prepare your clients for hypnosis
  • How to use metaphor to overcome depression
    3 depression-busting metaphors for depressed clients
  • How to terminate therapy with your clients
    3 ways to signal the end of therapy
  • How to help first timers relax about hypnosis
    3 ways to reassure first time hypnosis clients they are 'doing it right'
  • How to use dissociation in hypnosis
    4 ways to use natural 'splitting' dissociation as a powerful therapeutic tool
  • How to increase your influence with clients
    3 tips to get your clients to value your suggestions
  • Maximize client motivation with the language of personal gain
    Learn how to sidestep the unconscious sabotage of negative language
  • 4 simple ways to measure progress with your depressed client
    Learn how to build a roadmap to get your clients out of depression
  • 3 ways to use hypnotic phenomena to aid therapy
    Learn to use hypnosis and its associated phenomena deliberately to help your clients more effectively
  • Beating learned helplessness and depression
    3 ways to help your clients believe life can be better
  • 3 more golden rules for choosing a hypnosis course
    Three more great tips to help you make sure you choose the right hypnosis course for you.
  • How to create stories for therapy
    Using stories for therapy isn't new, but it's becoming more popular again. Dr Milton Erickson used to tell his patients stories from his own and other people's lives, as would the late great family therapist Virginia Satir.
  • How to use surprise in hypnosis inductions
    3 clever ways to use subtle shock to create more effective hypnosis inductions
  • Setting goals in therapy
    5 ways to maximize client motivation towards your therapy goals
  • Why Ericksonian hypnosis is the best
    Ericksonian hypnosis is grounded in universal principles of psychology, which is why his approaches have proved so effective.
  • How to treat depression the easy way
    Depression is a scary word. The prospect of treating depression without drugs feels daunting to many therapists. But we can really be optimistic when treating depressed people. Why?
  • 3 simple secrets of hypnotic language mastery
    How can a few simple exercises supercharge your hypnosis language skills?
  • Two golden rules for choosing hypnosis training
    Follow these 2 golden rules to pick hypnosis training that actually works!
  • How to avoid burnout when treating depressed people
    Depressed clients can hypnotize you into feeling as depressed as they do � here�s 3 key ways to protect yourself!
  • 3 crafty ways to instantly boost self esteem in depressed people
    Giving a depressed person a compliment is playing with fire. These techniques will let you slip your uplifting delivery in the side door.
  • 3 smart steps to create hypnotic amnesia in therapy
    Is hypnotic amnesia one of those ‘advanced’ techniques you’ve always been hesitant to try with your clients ‘in case it doesn’t work’? Read on to learn how it’s all much easier than you think!
  • 3 wily ways to make your clients more receptive
    People aren't usually willing to abandon their ideas or habits just because you say so. Learn how you can easily help people become more open to therapeutic suggestions for change.
  • 3 steps to overcome limiting beliefs in your clients
    Limiting beliefs can be a serious roadblock to effective therapy. Learn a tried-and-tested model to overcome them, clearing the way for rapid change.
  • How a clever wee boy can help you help people quit smoking
    Discover a fundamental principle of human behaviour that makes treating smoking and all addiction so much easier.
  • 6 things to say to smokers to boost their motivation to quit
    Discover how splitting the person from the problem can really help you help people stop smoking more quickly and easily
  • How to avoid client discomfort in the Rewind Technique
    3 specific protective language techniques to use when treating post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias

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