We are proud to be affiliated with The Milton H. Erickson Foundation

Integrative Medical Institute

Ericksonian Medical & Psychological Therapies

The Ericksonian approach departs from traditional methods of medicine, psychotherapy and hypnosis in a variety of ways. Ericksonian philosophy, psychotherapy and hypnosis stresses the importance of the interactive therapeutic relationship, the partnership and purposeful engagement of the inner resources and experiential life of each and every individual. Dr. Erickson revolutionized the practice of hypnotherapy (and other forms of healing) by coalescing numerous original concepts and patterns of communication into the field. He effected a fundamental shift in modern psychotherapy and healthcare. Many elements of the Ericksonian perspective which were once considered extreme are now incorporated into the mainstream of contemporary practice. As well, there are been numerous application of his work to the fields of psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, dentistry and pain management to name a few.

Milton H. Erickson, M.D. (1901-1980) was an American Psychiatrist who specialized in medical hypnosis. He is considered a creator of innovative psychotherapy which many have described as parallel in scope to Freud’s contributions. Freud has been described as a major contributor to the theory of personality structure, Erickson’s contribution have been described as major influences in methods and techniques of intervention and change. He is recognized for advances in clinical hypnosis, family therapy, and in general to his approach to problem solving therapies. His inherent philosophy and belief that the individual’s mind and body itself, plays a major role in the healing and recovery of each individual. Contrary to this philosophy traditional forms of health where healer work on their patients, to fix and heal them through techniques, methods and or medications have been and remain limited precisely because they do not honor the healing power inherent within each individual.

Dr.’s Ruelas and Landis both trained extensively with Dr. Erickson. His teachings greatly influenced their approach to health and mental health care and resulted in the development of the Ericksonian Integrative Medical Institute (EIMI) Model. At EIMI we apply the Ericksonian model to all forms of health care that we offer, from our biological based medical practice to the all the psychotherapies we make available.

We are proud to be affiliated with the MILTON H. ERICKSON FOUNDATION. EIMI is noted to be the first and only medical center approved by the foundation and is listed as the THE ERICKSONIAN INTEGRATIVE MEDICAL INSTITUTE OF ORANGE COUNTY (EIMI) on the foundations website.

As noted at EIMI we focus on the biological aspects of healing the Mind-Body-Spiritual components of life. Using Dr. Erickson’s philosophy at EIMI we approach all our patient with medical symptoms, with the belief that much of their healing calls for their participation, both physically and mentally. We here at EIMI stress the importance of life style (interactive therapeutic relationship) and the engagement of the inner resources and experiential life of each individual to further help with healing and restoration of optimal levels of life. We emphasize the importance of each individual’s unconscious strengths to potentiate the resolution of pain, conflict, disease and addiction.

For more information visit  http://erickson-foundation.org.

Ericksonian Therapies at EIMI:

The Ericksonian perspectives focus on human nature rather than psychopathology. Ericksonian therapies are designed to help restore balance by focusing on the whole person in all of his or her aspects; mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and relational. The Ericksonian psychotherapeutic modalities we use at EIMI include but are not limited to:

  • Hypnosis; self and interpersonal
  • Solution-focused Therapy
  • Neurogenic Restoration
  • EMDR
  • Energy Based Somatic Therapy
  • Brief Problem Focused Therapy
  • Paradigm / Systemic Therapy
  • Re-decision Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapies; conscious and unconscious forms