Ordeal Therapy

Unusual ways to change behavior

By: Jay Haley


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Size: 210mm x 137mm
Pages : 224
ISBN : 9781935810056
Format: Paperback
Published: September 2010

In this classic book Jay Haley explains how and why the use of ordeals work in therapy. He provides an account of the theoretical basis of ordeal therapy, showing how it builds on the work of Milton H. Erickson.

Problems discussed include psychosomatic symptoms, uncontrollable and violent children, separation and divorce, anxiety, incontinence, sexual frustration, alcoholism, speech blocks, and depression.

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Jay Haley

Jay Haley studied with Dr. Erickson for 17 years. He was a major editor of Erickson's works and authored many books about him. Mr. Haley was a professor at Stanford University, Howard University, the University of Maryland, and California School of Professional Psychology.


  1. This is Jay Haley at his best. Ordeal Therapy gives insight into the theory behind the therapy as well as offering detailed case studies as examples of how to use it. Haley gives a wealth of knowledge and strategies that can be used with clients during therapy and also demonstrates the pitfalls to watch out for. This is a very ethical and moral approach to ordeal therapy and gives therapists a solid understanding of how to design a positive ordeal to elicit the desired changes in the client.

    It is a very easily readable book, clear, comprehensive and unambiguous. Haley shows how a wide variety of problems can be helped using ordeal therapy. This is certainly a very thought provoking book and I would recommend it to all working therapists, no matter their discipline.

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