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The Practitioner's Guide to Mirroring Hands
A Client -Responsive Therapy That Facilitates Natural Problem-Solving and Mind-Body Healing

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         ... I answered an unexpected knock on the door of my clinic. A woman in her mid to late thirties asked if I could see her straight away. That is a little unusual but, as it happened, I was available and I invited her in. She spoke quickly and had a way of gazing intently that was a little unnerving, but...

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This is the first book dedicated to Ernest L. Rossi’s
Mirroring Hands therapeutic process. Mirroring Hands is a technique that emerged from Ernest L. Rossi’s studies and experiences with Milton H. Erickson. It has its origins in hypnosis, but Mirroring Hands is an
effective process for a wide range of mental health
professionals who may not include or intend to include hypnosis in their practice. This book will appeal both to established therapists and to those new to psychotherapy and hypnotherapy and is intended to establish the Mirroring Hands process as a therapy for all practitioners. Rossi himself has described the technique as ‘hypnosis without the hypnosis’.

The central focus of the book is the technique: it is a practitioner’s guide. Mirroring Hands seeks to connect the client and the therapist to the natural flow, cycles and self-organising emergence that shift the client toward beneficial change. The authors show how the technique enables clients to unlock their problem solving and mind–body healing capacities and arrive at resolution in ways that many other therapies might not. The overall effect is to create an engaged connection and integration with the client’s natural, best self.

Pbk | 300pp | Release - 2017.12

ISBN: 9781785832468
Crown House Publishing



Richard Hill, MA, MEd, MBMSc is acknowledged internationally as an expert in human dynamics, communications, the brain and the mind. He is an international lecturer and keynote speaker on the topics of neuroscience, psychosocial genomics, has developed special training courses for suicide prevention and is the originator of the Curiosity Approach. In addition to lectures to the psychological profession in Australia and the world, Richard has a strong engagement with the coaching and business community.

Ernest L. Rossi, Ph.D. is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and the recipient of three Lifetime Achievement Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Psychotherapy. He is a Jungian Analyst, the Science Editor of Psychological Perspectives and the author, co-author and editor of more than 50 professional books and more than 170 peer reviewed scientific papers in the areas of neuroscience, psychotherapy, dreams, and therapeutic hypnosis that have been translated into a dozen languages.





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

Appendix A. The Nuntius Nuclei: A New Neuroscience for Curiosity

Appendix B. An Integrated Quantum Field Theory of Physics, Math, Biology, and Psychology



Ernest Rossi discussing how therapists talk too much!

Comments and Endorsements


     "Picasso once remarked that 'Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.’ Ernest Rossi’s Mirroring Hands method is brilliant in its simplicity and elimination of the unnecessary, yet complex beyond belief in the results it can engender. Richard Hill has facilitated and expanded this guide to using Mirroring Hands that makes it accessible for all. This method can eliminate any resistance you may encounter in the change process and evoke deep inner wisdom, often in a very short time.”

          Bill O’Hanlon, author of Solution-Oriented Hypnosis and Do One Thing Different

   “The Mirroring Hands technique can be extremely useful.  Kudos to Richard Hill and Ernest Rossi for providing such an excellent guide!” 

            Michael F. Hoyt, Ph.D., author/editor of Brief Therapy and Beyond; Capturing the Moment; Brief Therapy: Principles & Practices; and Therapist Stories of Inspiration, Passion, and Renewal:  What’s Love Got to Do With it?   


     "Ernest Rossi has been one of the most influential voices amongst those who strive to understand the mechanisms of physical and emotional healing. His work reflects a complex and unique  blend of many different sciences, from mathematics to genetics to neurobiology. Richard Hill brings a fresh enthusiasm and his own substantial expertise in psychotherapy, neuroscience, and creative problem solving to the mix. The result is this book's dynamic elaboration of an innovative approach that is at once simple and challenging. Therapists would do well to read The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands and expand their views of ways the client's inner resources can be mobilized in the service of change."

          Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and author of The Discriminating Therapist and Trancework: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis (4th edition).


      “Within the crucible of a technique they call Mirroring Hands, Hill and Rossi share a storehouse of practical insight, scientific theory and clinical wisdom. In the process, they challenge accepted assumptions and synthesize complex principles, all the while encouraging clinicians to learn to listen to their inner voice. This book is a warm and fascinating adventure where you get to know two explorers of the mind, learn a bit about the history of psychotherapy while gaining practical knowledge. You may not agree with everything they say, but I suspect that you will respect and enjoy their unique blend of complexity, depth and self-insight, so often missing from contemporary discussions.”

          Louis Cozolino, Ph.D., author of The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy; The Neuroscience of Human Relationships; The Making of a Therapist; and Why Therapy Works.


     “What a fascinating book!    Starting as an easy read it gently descends to deep levels. Richard Hill brings straightforward clarity to Ernest Rossi's genius. The combined work of these two brings contemporary insight into ideas pioneered by my father, Milton H. Erickson. This book will inspire ongoing discoveries by others and carry this important work into tomorrow.”   

          Roxanna Erickson-Klein, Ph.D., R.N., author of Engage the Group, Engage the Brain, Hope & Resiliency, and The Collected Works of Milton H Erickson (ed)


     “A Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands is an outstanding manual accomplished with precision and clarity.  It provides extensive research background for the theories on which the Mirroring Hands technique is based. It takes readers on a journey through neurophysiological and genomic discoveries along with intriguing speculations of quantum influences which may give readers a glimpse of the inevitable future of psychotherapy.” 

          Stephen Lankton, MSW, DAHB, author of The Answer Within and Tools of Intention, Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 

     “In The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands, Richard Hill and Ernest Rossi honor the wisdom of the courageous people who come to us seeking healing. They offer deep wisdom about the inherent health that lies within our clients and the support we can provide to allow that health to come forward.  A wonderful contribution!”

          Bonnie Badenoch, Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapist and author of Being a Brain-Wise Therapist and The Heart of Trauma.

     “This is a wonderful update of Rossi’s ‘moving hands’ work. The ‘mirroring hands’ approach is an elegant and rapid and effective way to guide a client to meaningful changes. It is in the Erickson tradition of working in the present, and trusting that clients already know and have an internal sense of what will realistically work for them. Connecting the ‘mirroring hands’ approach to modern neuroscience is an added gift in this book.” 

          Em. Prof. Rubin Battino, author of Expectation: The Very Brief Therapy Book, Healing Language and When All Else Fails: Some New and Some Old Tools for Doing Brief Therapy


     “I love the book. I will recommend it wherever I teach, cite it, and buy copies as gifts. It is all easily digestible and integral. It cares how we learn. The explanation of systems was of great value. Thank you for doing it so clearly. The interpretation of ‘all by itself’ phenomena as emergent properties - as compared to the overly simplistic ‘involuntary’ or ‘nonconscious’ - is a powerful concept that I will include in my clinical teaching from now on. In many ways, this book sets a new standard for texts in psychobiological care. The clinical applications are both well-grounded in science and accessible.”

          Laurence Sugarman, M.D., Research Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation (CAPS) and author of Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents

     "In reading Mirroring Hands, I am quite simply stunned at the depth, care, research, and complexity the authors have expertly and very generously provided through this book. Richard Hill opens with a fabulous case study, entitled the “Walk-In”, a story of a client that turns up on his doorstep, needing to be seen, and having already engaged with numerous other therapists to little effect. As I quickly immersed myself into the fascinating story, I became transfixed, and literally didn’t stop reading, for hours! This is a wonderful way to introduce Rossi's Mirroring Hands process... I am quite simply stunned at the depth, care, research, and complexity the authors have expertly provided through this book. It will, and should, become a classic."

          Dr. Tom Barber, founder, Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies, educator, psychotherapist, coach and bestselling author

     “Have you ever wondered about how to help a client access their unconscious?  Building on the work of Milton Erickson, Ernest L. Rossi developed Mirroring Hands to do just that.  Along with Richard Hill, he has now brought it you.  Not only do Hill and Rossi give clear step-by-step instructions for how to use Mirroring Hands, but they also layout the framework for understanding the dynamic power of this tool.  The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands is a well-rounded resource full of practical applications and illustrative casebook studies.  Readers will find themselves informed and empowered by this guide.”

          Ruth Buczynski, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, president of The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM)

     "The exposition of what is a beautifully simple technique, through careful description, diagrams and case histories is priceless. I’ve used a variation of it for many years and can vouch for its power, and the description of it here will enable any practitioner to be able to incorporate it into their practice. What I would also wish for them to absorb is the simplicity of its excellent application here. The subtle, minimal use of language that exemplifies all that is good in Ericksonian practice is so sublime it should be available as an intravenous drip. Truly masterful."

          Trevor Silvester, QCHPA(Reg) NCH(Fellow) HPD Training Director TQI Ltd (The Quest Institute)

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