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Milton Erickson reasoned that since each person is unique, psychotherapy should be adapted to meet the individual's needs, rather than attempting to tailor the person to fit the therapist's theory (Zeig, 1985). He said that he invented a new theory for each individual (Lankton & Lankton, 1963). The unconscious or 'the back of the mind' as Erickson described it is the reservoir of learning (Erickson, 1980). It constitutes a storehouse of experiences, learnings, memories and skills that could be utilized by therapists to bring about desired changes. Clients were helped to find both the tools and the raw materials for changes within themselves. By mentioning such experiences as learning to walk or learning the alphabet Erickson helped clients begin to feel confident in the abilities which they had 'forgotten' or taken for granted. Recapitulating these resources and experiences helped clients become ready to work on a variety of therapeutic tasks, which often involved reassociations with previously mentioned resources (Lankton & Lankton, 1963).

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Master of Arts


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Bill Kline


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