By Stephen Wolinsky, PhD
last, the missing piece of the dysfunctional puzzle. It is not enough
to understand or even relive our childhood traumas. Dr. Wolinsky shows
us how we continue to recreate those traumas in our adult lives and how
to stop creating them. Every uncomfortable emotional state, and many
psychosomatic symptoms, are also states of trance. Trance is the "glue" that
holds the problem in the present moment. Learning to identify the kind
of trance state beneath a problem or symptom gives us the tool that finally
dissolves the glue.
from the Foreword by Carl Whitaker, MD
I think that Dr. Stephen Wolinsky's work is a true development of the brilliance of Milton Erickson. I have already adapted his thinking to my own understanding of the therapeutic situation. It makes enormous sense to see a shame-based person as a person in an identity trance. This is cutting-edge work and I recommend it without qualification.
I am deeply struck by your (Dr. Wolinsky's) whole approach, and think it is of great importance…I must say that I find you (Dr. Wolinsky) one of the most exciting and original thinkers in this field that I've come across in a long time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephen H. Wolinsky, PhD, began his clinical practice in Los Angeles, California in 1974. A Gestalt and Reichian therapist and trainer, he led workshops in Southern California. He was also trained in Classical Hypnosis, Psychosynthesis, Psychodrama/Psychomotor, and Transactional Analysis. In 1977 he journeyed to India, where he lived for almost six years studying meditation. He moved to New Mexico in 1982 to resume a clinical practice. There he began to train therapists in Ericksonian Hypnosis and family therapy. Dr. Wolinsky also conducted year-long trainings entitled: “Integrating Hypnosis with Psychotherapy,” and “Integrating Hypnosis with Family Therapy.”