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SFP 28 – Episode 28: In the Land of Possibilities with Bill O’Hanlon, M.S., Author, Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, Coach, Speaker, and Musician

Simply Focus Podcast – Episode #28

Hosted by: Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat | Intro: Bibiana Czerny | Music: www.bensound.com 

 

SFP 28 - Episode 28: In the Land of Possibilities with Bill O'Hanlon

by Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat | Simply Focus Podcast | 39:30

“He (Dr. Milton Erickson) looked at me like I was gonna say something brilliant or life changing. I was always on the edge when I was with him. It changed my life, those encounters with him. And when he told me that African Violet story (…) it just changed the course of my therapy and my life. I became much more interested in what worked and that has made all the difference.”

„Steve de Shazer and I started to articulate this other way of making methods out of Ericksons bias towards people’s strengths and solutions and abilities and against diagnosis, pathology and what’s wrong with people. So I lived in this land for a long time.“ 

“I like to pre-frame things, so that possibility shows up and it’s more likely to show up. I do think that I am more of a possibilities thinker not so focused on solutions anymore.“ 

“I would love to see the movie where you couldn’t say „but” and you couldn’t say „or”, you can only say „and“ for a week and then find out how that shifted your experience. It would be kind of fun.”

Bill O'Hanlon

Show Notes

In today’s episode, we talk with Bill O’Hanlon, Author of 30+ published books, Psychotherapist/Hypnotherapist, Coach, Speaker, and Musician, about

  • what fascinates him with Solution Focus
  • the moment when everything changed for him and the influence of Dr. Milton Erickson
  • how he corresponded with Steve de Shazer and co-developed Solution-Oriented Therapy
  • what changed for him after he encountered solution-oriented ideas
  • how he describes solution-orientation and how he called it possibilities therapy
  • how he uses storytelling to e.g. help people focus on their preferred future
  • allowing yourself to feel two different things at the same time and not have it be a conflict
  • the similarities between music and therapy
  • not being hypnotized by the problem and believing in the possibility of possibilities 
  • the normal range of human experience and its acceptance
  • how he became the gardener of Dr. Milton Erickson as well as his student
  • how Dr. Milton Erickson was the most alive person that he had seen and “just looked like the next moment was full of possibilities and somebody was gonna to do something amazing or he was gonna see something or hear something amazing at every moment.”
  • The Challenge of the week: Catch yourself every time you say something that contradicts what you just did and instead put the word „and“ in. So substitute “this but this” or “this or this“ with “this and this” and find out how this shifts your feelings using the word „and“.

and he sings two of his songs – “Contradictions” and “Somebody to Someone” – live on our podcast!

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