Invisible Therapy: Helping Couples Co-create Positive Change

Michele Ritterman

In this workshop for therapists, educators, bodyworkers and other mental health professionals, you’ll learn how to recognize and track the stuck physiological states, or negative trances, that couples can’t stop triggering in each other every day. In fact, you can utilize these negative trances as the precise point for your subtle healing interventions, including shared reveries.

Invisible Therapy taps into body knowledge to sidestep habitual patterns of dialogue that prevent growth. Using hypnosis, the body leads and the brain follows; couples experience the process itself as pleasurable, thus the treatment models the delight they will know once they are liberated from their sticky patterns.

Invisible Therapy uses the couple’s unique language, images, and expressions, so it is minimally invasive, exploring only what is necessary without needlessly disturbing other aspects of their personalities or cognition. This seamless approach helps your clients feel comfortable and elicits maximal receptivity. The method is based on the idea that just because people come to us for help doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with them. It involves more fun, and less burnout.

Learning activities include role playing, live demonstrations, experiential practice, and lectures. You will leave the workshop with new tools for catching these transformative moments to help each member of the couple shift spontaneously from their perplexed state into a neutral meditation and then into an alternative state of mind. When they both shift simultaneously: the magic begins! For more information visit

Michele Ritterman wrote the classic text Using Hypnosis in Family Therapy. Hope Under Siege, with a foreword by Isabel Allende, applies psychotherapeutic principles to human rights. The Tao of a Woman applies hypnotic mantras to the spiritual realm.


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