About the author
Michele Ritterman: Therapeutic Pioneer
Michele Ritterman, Ph.D., is recognized as the Mother of the integration of Ericksonian hypnosis and family therapy, in her classic text: Using Hypnosis in Family Therapy (1982), she originated the concept of the symptom as a trance state that is actually suggested by various people and social structures. Michele has trained thousands of psychotherapists around the globe in her approach to working with couples and families -- shared and separate-track trances -- in family and couple interactions, and also the development of therapeutic counterinductions.
Also a dedicated activist, her book, Hope Under Siege, (1986), with a foreword by Isabel Allende, considers the applications of psychotherapeutic principles in the larger context of political and social reality. In Dr. Ritterman’s words, “Reciprocity is the highest form of love. And love has everything to do with healing.”
Her latest book The Tao of a Woman (2009) is a tool for us to carry with us to move from the symptom trance to the healing stance. From Trance to Stance, is her latest understanding in a therapy of shifts, as occur in martial arts, instead of labels of people and visions of individuals as damaged, as opposed to wonderful, unique works in progress, like Michelangelo's Prigioneri series. WE ARE ALL WORKS IN PROGRESS! The goal of psychology is to help create a HUMAN FRIENDLY SOCIETY that caters to the bio-rhythms and other real and natural needs of the human organism.