Title: The Art of Therapeutic Storytelling: How to find and narrate a useful therapeutic story – in trance or in conversational hypnosis
Presenters: Hammel Stefan
the main building of AGH University of Science and Technology - A0
A0 Akademii Górniczo-Hutniczej (al. Adama Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków) 
Room 129 / Sala 129

Time: 14.06.2024 -10:30-12:00

Language: EN


Therapeutic storytelling has always been a central component of hypnotherapy, systemic therapy, and many other forms of counseling. The use of metaphors and example stories has been known since ancient times, originating in the East, and remains one of the most effective forms of counseling to this day. These stories are either told by the therapist or introduced by the client and then reinterpreted by the therapist, or they are developed collaboratively by the conversation partners. But how do I discover therapeutic stories and how do I present them? What makes a story useful for therapy after all?
This workshop will give you techniques for developing hypnotherapeutic metaphors and anecdotes spontaneously
during a session and for narrating them in a way so they unfold their therapeutic potential.
It is the target of the workshop to give impulses on how how to...
- invent therapeutic stories in line with your clients‘ needs and his or her view of life
- find anecdotes opening up new options for unique situations at any time
- transform problem-focussed metaphors told by clients into solution-focussed metaphors that integrate into
their construction of reality
The workshop illustrates how such stories can be used in therapy. It is oriented towards the practical counseling situations experienced by the participants, with the aim that the methods conveyed can be immediately integrated into the participants' work.

- S. Hammel, Translorming Lives with Hypno-Systemic Therapy. A Practical Guide (Routledge 2024)
- S. Hammel, Therapeutic Interventions in Three Sentences. Reshaping Ericksonian Therapy by talking to the Brain and Body (Routledge 2019)
- S. Hammel, Handbook of Therapeutic Storytelling. Stories and Metaphors in Psychotherapy, Child and Family Therapy, Medical Treatment, Coaching and Supervision (Routledge 2018),
- S. Hammel, The Blade of Grass in the Desert: Storytelling – Forgotten Medicine. A Story of 100 Stories (impress 2012)

Stefan Hammel, born in 1967, works as a child and family therapist, hypnotherapist, as chaplain in a general hospital and a psychiatric hospital. He leads the Institute of Hypno-Systemic Consultation (Hypno-Systemische Beratung) in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Stefan Hammel holds seminars on therapeutic storytelling, utilisation, hypnotherapy and hypno-systemic strategies, following the work of Milton Erickson and Paul Watzlawick. Focal points of his work are trauma, depression, anxiety, bereavement, psychotherapy in somatic treatment as well as hypnotherapy for couples and families