Richard Hill and Ernest L. Rossi’s The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands: A Client-Responsive Therapy that Facilitates Natural Problem-Solving and Mind–Body Healing describes in detail how Mirroring Hands is conducted, and explores the framework of knowledge and understanding that surrounds and supports its therapeutic process.
Foreword by Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D.
Mirroring Hands is a practical therapeutic technique that can be utilized by all practitioners for the benefit of their clients. With a tranquil state of focused attention as the starting point, the practitioner invites the client to explore an issue by projecting it into their hands; with one hand representing the difficulty or disturbance, the other becomes the natural container for the opposite reflections – resolution, ease and comfort. This enables the client to engage with their deeper therapeutic self – thereby facilitating the shift into a therapeutic consciousness – and connect to the natural flow, cycles and self-organizing emergence that shift the client toward beneficial change.
In this instructive and illuminating manual, Hill and Rossi show you how Mirroring Hands enables clients to unlock their natural problem-solving and mind–body healing capacities to arrive at a resolution in a way that many other therapies might not. The authors offer expert guidance as to its client-responsive applications and differentiate seven variations of the technique in order to give the practitioner confidence and comfort in their ability to work within and around the possibilities presented while in session. Furthermore, Hill and Rossi punctuate their detailed description of how Mirroring Hands is conducted with a diverse range of illustrative casebook examples and stage-by-stage snapshots of the therapy in action: providing scripted language prompts and illustrative images of a client’s hand movement that demonstrate the processes behind the technique as it takes the client from disruption into the therapeutic; and from there to integration, resolution, and a state of well-being.
The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands begins by tracing the emergence of the Mirroring Hands approach from its origins in Rossi’s studies and experiences with Milton H. Erickson and by presenting a transcription of an insightful discussion between Rossi and Hill as they challenge some of the established ways in which we approach psychotherapy, health, and well-being. Building upon this exchange of ideas, the authors define and demystify the nature of complex, non-linear systems and skillfully unpack the three key elements of induction to therapeutic consciousness – focused attention, curiosity, and nascent confidence – in a section dedicated to preparing the client for therapy. Hill and Rossi also supply preparatory guidance for the therapist through explanation of therapeutic dialogue’s non-directive language principles, and through exploration of the four-stage cycle – information, incubation, breakthrough and illumination, and verification – that facilitates the client’s capacity to access their natural problem-solving and mind–body healing.
The authors also take care to advocate Mirroring Hands as not only a therapeutic technique, but also an approach to practice for all practitioners engaged in solution-focused therapy. Through its enquiry into the vital elements of client-cue observation, symptom-scaling, and rapport-building inherent in the therapist–client relationship, The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands shares a great store of wisdom and insight that will help the practitioner become more attuned to their clients’ inner worlds and communication patterns. Hill and Rossi draw on a wealth of up-to-date neuroscientific research and academic theory to help bridge the gap between therapy’s intended outcomes and its measured neurological effects, and, towards the book’s close, also open the door to the study of quantum field theory to inspire the reader’s curiosity in this fascinating topic.
An ideal progression for those engaged in mindfulness and meditation, The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands is the first book on the subject specially written for all mental health practitioners and is suitable for students of counseling, psychotherapy, psychology, and hypnotherapy, as well as anyone in professional practice.
1. The History of Mirroring Hands: Ernest Rossi in Conversation with Richard Hill
2. Thinking IN the Systems of Life: Preparing the Therapeutic Mind
3. Unlocking Natural Connections: How We Begin
4. Language Principles: Client-Responsive Language
5. The Rhythms and Cycles of Life in Therapy: The Natural Foundations of Mirroring Hands
6. What Is and What Can Be: Internal Review
7. Natural, Comfortable, and Sensitive Observation: The Art of Client-Responsive Therapy
8. Holding Both Sides of the Mirror: Revealing Potential and Possibility
9. Curiosity and the Elephant in the Room: What We Miss
10. Clearing Out the Negative, Preparing for the Positive: Closing the Door
11. Symptom Scaling for Enlightenment: The Symptom is a Message
12. Improvising, Drama, and Mirroring Hands: The Flow of Client-Responsive Therapy
13. Personal Access to Your Growing Edge: Solo and Personal Use of Mirroring Hands
14. Research and Experiments: From Ravitz to Rossi
15. Down the Rabbit Hole: Quantum and the Yet-To-Be-Known
Click here to watch Richard Hill’s interview with Jeff Zeig on Mindscience TV.