Briefly, Hypnotherapy may be classified into a number of schools, including Classical, Erickson and Elman.

The Diploma I completed, in Sep 2015, at The Centre of Effective Therapy, was under the guidance and direction of Rob McNeilly. Rob is proud to the Australia's leading Erickson enthusiast, and he runs the Milton H. Erickson Centre in Australia. The method Rob teaches is "After Erickson".

Briefly then, my practice chiefly employs a method that is suggestive, or invitational. When I start doing hypnosis with you, I will invite you to begin.

I may start by suggesting that you may close your eyes, or keep them open, according to your preference.
I may invite you to think about or notice particular things, but I will point out that you can choose to do otherwise, if you like.
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This is one of the essential differences between Classical and Ericksonian. Classical tells you to close your eyes, then tells you what to see. That is, it provides explicit instructions.

Before studying at CET, I had spent 35 years being steeped in Classical Hypnotherapy.
I am privileged to have Bryan Perry as a friend and long-time mentor. Bryan is known as The Grandfather Of Australian Hypnotherapy, having started practicing in Adelaide in 1952, now retired.

I have seen, at close quarters and over several decades, the benefits and possibilities of Hypnotherapy.

So I do have access to Classical methods, and I make extensive use of them in discussion and analysis.
I sometimes use Conversational Hypnosis.
However, I first and foremost practice Ericksonian for hypnosis and trances.

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Further Reading

For an in-depth introduction to the history of hypnosis, read here.

This page provides a useful comparison between Classical (here referred to as 'Traditional'), Ericksonian, and some other talking therapies.