What Does a Client Really Want from Therapy?

Stephen Gilligan on the First Step Toward a Creative Breakthrough

Rich Simon

When a client comes in for their first session, the natural way to start is by asking them what they want to accomplish in therapy. But the way they answer isn't always helpful in moving the treatment forward. A negative goal like, "I don't want to feel bad anymore," isn't really inspired or specific enough to likely lead to a creative breakthrough.

Stephen Gilligan—author of The Legacy of Milton H. Erickson—has developed several effective approaches to Self-Relations Psychotherapy to help clients reach the mind-body states that can inform them of what they really want.

In a preview clip from Stephen's session in our all-new Networker Webcast series, Creativity in the Consulting Room, he talks about one of the techniques he employs to help new clients be more specific in setting their therapy goals.


This is just one of the techniques for helping clients realize their dreams that Stephen will discuss in his webcast session.

Creativity in the Consulting Room
New Tools for More Energizing and Effective Therapy

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Here’s a preview of what each session in this series offers you:

  • Stephen Gilligan on Evoking Creative States of Consciousness
    Master powerful methods for helping clients access the generative mind-body states that can enable them to realize their dreams.

  • Courtney Armstrong on Vitalizing Your Clinical Style
    Break free from one-size-fits-all approaches and discover how to bring more of your creative potential into your work.

  • Erving Polster on Making New Things Happen
    A celebrated therapist with more than 6 decades of clinical experience reflects on the lessons he’s learned about creativity in the consulting room.

  • Peggy Papp on Metaphor, Symbol, and Fantasy in Couples Therapy
    Learn how to use experiential techniques to transform therapeutic stalemates into transformational moments.

  • Steve Andreas on The Clinical Artistry of Virginia Satir
    Through the use of clinical videos, focus on understanding the powerful techniques that made Virginia Satir a legend in our field.

  • Jeffrey Zeig on Altering Consciousness Through the Arts
    Discover how to use methods drawn from the arts to helps clients shift rigid patterns of unhappy thoughts, emotions, and sensations.


Creativity in the Consulting Room
Series Available Now!

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Topic: Mind/Body | Couples

Tags: breakthrough | consciousness | Courtney Armstrong | creativity in the consulting room | Erving Polster | Jeffrey Zeig | Milton Erickson | mind-body | Peggy Papp | psychotherapy | self-relations psychotherapy | Stephen Gilligan | Steve Andreas | therapist | therapy | Virginia Satir

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