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Stefan Hammel

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German, English

Stefan Hammel, born in 1967, is working as Ericksonian hypnotherapist, systemic therapist, protestant chaplain in a psychiatric and a general hospital, head of the Institute for Hypno-Systemic Counseling in Kaiserslautern, Germany, as well as author of books and media for hypnotherapeutic and systemic practice. The focal point of his work lies in the field of family therapy, depression, anxiety and trauma, as well as working with patients and their families in hospital. In his therapeutic approach the use of metaphors, utilisation techniques, multilevel communication and nonverbal techniques of pacing and leading form a network of therapeutic interventions for changing the focus of attention towards resource perspectives.

Stefan Hammel has developed several therapeutic concepts applying Ericksonian Hypnosis techniques as conversational hypnosis in awake states of mind, among them:

  • Therapeutic Storytelling
  • Therapeutic Modelling
  • Greetings to the Mind (Therapeutic Talk with Brain and Body)

Stefan Hammel is a member of the Milton Erickson Society Germany. Together with Marie-Jeanne Bremer (IMHEL Luxemburg) he is the organizer of the biennial International Festival of Therapeutic storytelling near Kaiserslautern.

Websites: (Website and Blog in English, French, Spanish and Swedish) (Website and Blog in German) (Institute of Hypno-Systemic Consultation in Kaiserslautern) (International Festival of Therapeutic Storytelling) (Products, free videos, audios and downloads)

Publications in English:

The Blade of Grass in the Desert. Storytelling. Forgotten Medicine for Healing the Soul. A Story of 100 Stories for Counseling and Therapy. impress, Nierstein 2012.

Handbook of Therapeutic Storytelling. Stories and Metaphors in Psychotherapy, Child and Family Therapy, Medicine, Coaching and Supervision. Routledge, London 2019

Therapeutic Interventions in Three Sentences. Reshaping Ericksonian Hypnotherapy by Talking to the Brain and Body. Routledge, London 2020

The Island of Love. Therapeutic Map for Couple Consultation. hsb, Kaiserslautern 2018

The Art of Therapeutic Storytelling. Audio recording of an introductory workshop seminar in collaboration with BSMDH Scotland (CD). hsb, Kaiserslautern, 2018

Therapeutic Modeling in Couple Therapy. Live demonstration - session with one present and one absent partner (DVD). hsb, Kaiserslautern 2018

Publications in German (selection):

Der Grashalm in der Wüste. 100 Geschichten aus Beratung, Therapie und Seelsorge. impress, Mainz 2006

Handbuch des therapeutischen Erzählens. Geschichten und Metaphern in Psychotherapie, Kinder- und Familientherapie, Heilkunde, Coaching und Supervision. Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart 2009

Handbuch der therapeutischen Utilisation. Vom Nutzen des Unnützen in Psychotherapie, Kinder- und Familientherapie, Heilkunde und Beratung. Stuttgart, Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart 2011

Art. Metapher, in: Kleve, H., Wirth, J. (Hrsg.): Lexikon des systemischen Arbeitens. Grundbegriffe der Systemischen Praxis, Methodik und Theorie. Heidelberg, Carl Auer, 264ff., 2012

Art. Utilisation, in: Kleve, H., Wirth, J. (Hrsg.): Lexikon des systemischen Arbeitens. Grundbegriffe der Systemischen Praxis, Methodik und Theorie. Heidelberg, Carl Auer, 441ff., 2012

Therapie zwischen den Zeilen. Das ungesagt Gesagte in Beratung, Therapie und Heilkunde. Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart 2014

Alles neu gerahmt! Psychische Symptome in ungewöhnlicher Perspektive. Reinhardt, München, 2016

Loslassen und leben. Befreiende Geschichten. Impress, Mainz 2016

Grüßen Sie Ihre Seele! Therapeutische Interventionen in drei Sätzen. Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart, 2017

Lebensmöglichkeiten entdecken. Veränderung durch Therapeutisches Modellieren. Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart 2019

Wie das Krokodil zum Fliegen kam. 120 Geschichten, die das Leben verändern. Reinhardt, München 2015 (together with Hürzeler, Lamprecht, Niedermann)

Wie der Bär zum Tanzen kam. 120 Geschichten für einen gesunden Körper. Reinhardt, München, 2018 (together with Hürzeler, Lamprecht, Niedermann)

Ängste entzaubern – Lebensfreude finden. Die besten Interventionen aus 9 Therapierichtungen. Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart 2020 (together with Vlamynck, Weinspach)

Kaiserslautern - Germany

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