Bill's Publications


Shifting Contexts:  The Generation of Effective Psychotherapy.  New York:  Guilford Press (September 1987; out of print).  Co-authored with James Wilk.
Taproots:  The Underlying Principles of Milton Erickson's Therapy and Hypnosis. New York:  Norton (February 1987).
 In Search of Solutions:  A New Direction in Psychotherapy.  New York:  Norton (January 1989). Co-authored with Michele Weiner-Davis.
 An Uncommon Casebook:  The Complete Clinical Work of Milton H. Erickson analyzed and summarized.  New York:  Norton (October 1990).  Co-authored with Angela Hexum [my stepdaughter].
Rewriting Love Stories: Brief Marital Therapy.  New York:  Norton (February 1992).  Co-authored with Patricia Hudson.
Solution-Oriented Hypnosis: An Ericksonian Approach to Inner Healing.  New York:  Norton (October 1992).  Co-authored with Michael Martin.
A Brief Guide to Brief Therapy.  New York:  Norton (March 1993).  Co-authored with Brian Cade.
A Field Guide To Possibility-Land:  A Possibility Therapy Manual. Omaha:  Possibilities Press (July 1994).  Co-authored with Sandy Beadle. Reissued as Guide to Possibility Land by W.W. Norton, January 1999.
Love is a Verb: Stop Analyzing Your Relationship and Start Making It Great! [Stop Blaming, Start Loving-paperback title]  New York:  Norton (February 1995).  Co-authored with Pat Hudson.
The Handout Book: Complete Workshop Handouts of Bill O’Hanlon, M.S. Omaha:  Possibilities Press (Print version May 1996; reissue date December 2003, web-only PDF version).
Even From a Broken Web:  Brief and Respectful Solution-Oriented Therapy for Resolving Sexual Abuse.  (April 1998, Wiley; paperback W. W. Norton, March 2002). Co-authored with Bob Bertolino.
Solution-Oriented Therapy for Chronic and Severe Mental Illness.  (December 1998, Wiley). Co-authored with Tim Rowan.
Brief Couples Therapy Homework Planner.  (December 1998, Wiley).  Co-authored with Steffanie O’Hanlon and Gary Schultheis.
Evolving Possibilities: Selected Papers of Bill O’Hanlon.  (In press, May 1999, Brunner/Mazel [Taylor and Francis]).  Co-edited by Steffanie O’Hanlon and Bob Bertolino.
Invitation to Possibility-Land:  A Teaching Seminar with Bill O’Hanlon.  (October 1998, Brunner/Mazel [Taylor and Francis]). Co-authored with Bob Bertolino.
You Can’t Make Me!: Successfully Managing Strong-Willed, Oppositional and Defiant Children.  (January 2001; paperback January 2002; mass market paperback, May, 2002, Signet Books). Co-authored with Ray Levy and Tyler Goode.
Do One Thing Different: Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life.  (William Morrow and Company, October 1999; paperback, Quill, November 2000).
Collaborative, Competency-Based Counseling and Therapy. (Allyn and Bacon, July 2001). Co-authored with Bob Bertolino.
A Guide to Inclusive Therapy: 26 Techniques for Respectful, Resistance-Dissolving Therapy. (W.W. Norton, February 2003)
A Lazy Man’s Guide to Success. (March 2003, Possibilit-E Press, web-only PDF book)
Thriving Through Crisis: Turn Tragedy and Trauma Into Growth and Change. (Publication date: February 4, 2004, Penguin/Perigee; paperback release date: February 28, 2023)
Seven Pathways to Connection: Integrating Spirituality Into Therapy. (Publication scheduled for Fall 2005, W.W. Norton Professional Books).
Change 101:A Practical Guide to Creating Change (in Life or Therapy). (Publication scheduled for Spring 2006, W.W. Norton Professional Books).

Journal Articles

"Splitting and Linking: Two Generic Patterns in Ericksonian Therapy," The Journal of Strategic and Systemic Therapies, 1(4): 21-25, Winter 1982.
"Strategic Pattern Intervention: An Integration of Individual and Family Systems Therapies based on the work of Milton H. Erickson, M.D.," The Journal of Strategic and Systemic Therapies, 1(4): 21-25, Winter 1982.
"Paradox Reduced: Reply to Jim Warner," The Underground Railroad, 4(1): 3-4, March 1983.
"An Annotated Erickson Bibliography," The Family Therapy Networker, 7(5): 39+, September-October 1983.
"Framing Interventions in Therapy: Deframing and Reframing," The Journal of Strategic and Systemic Therapies, 3(2): 1-4, Summer 1984.
"Is Lying Possible in Therapy?" The Underground Railroad, 5(3): 4-5, September 1984.
"Uncommon Sense in Therapy: Milton H. Erickson and Ericksonian Therapy," Assert, 55: 3-4, Autumn 1984.
"Permissive vs. Authoritarian Induction Approaches," The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, 5(1): 7, Winter 1985.
"Custom Reframing: The Use of Analogies for a Change," The Underground Railroad, VI(2): 5-7, April 1986. (Simultaneously published in Finnish in the Finnish Journal of Family Therapy.)
"Debriefing Myself: When a Brief Therapist Does Long-Term Work," The Family Therapy Networker, 14(2): 48+, March/April, 1990.
"Theory Countertransference," Dulwich Centre Newsletter, 1992.
"The Limits of Setting Limits on Mental Health Services," (with Mark Hubble and Kathy Revell), Medical Interface, 5(7): 33-40, July 1992.
"Rewriting Love Stories," (with Patricia Hudson), Family Therapy News, October 1993, pp. 9-10.
"The Third Wave," Family Therapy Networker, November/December, 1994, pp. 19-29.
"The Dog Ate It: When Clients Don't Do Their Homework," The Family Therapy Networker, 22(3): 21-22, May/June, 1998 (co-authored with Steffanie O'Hanlon).
"Stood Up: One night father did know best," The Family Therapy Networker, 22(4): 88, July/August, 1998.
."A Mother's Liberation: One small step for womankind," The Family Therapy Networker, 23(2): 96, March/April, 1999.
“Grand Rounds in Psychotherapy: Interviews with Richard C. Schwarz, Ph.D., Eliana Gil, Ph.D., and Bill O’Hanlon, M.S.” Journal of Clinical Activities, Assignments & Handouts in Psychotherapy Practice,” 1(3), July 2001.
“Moving On From Trauma,” Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association, January/February, 2002.
“Moving On: New, Brief, Effective (and Controversial) Trauma Treatment,” Paradigm, Summer 2002, p.12-13; 22.
“The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” Psychotherapy Networker, January/February 2003, 27(1), pp.26-31; 56.
“Best Shot.” Psychotherapy Networker, March/April 2005 (forthcoming)

Articles or Chapters in Books

"Frameworks of Milton Erickson's Hypnosis and Therapy," in Zeig, J. (Editor), Ericksonian Psychotherapy (Vol. 1: Structures), The Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1985.
"Fragments of a Therapeutic Biography," in Efron, D. (Editor), Journeys: Expansions of Strategic and Systemic Therapies, New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1986.
"Psychotherapie Ericksonienne," in Benoit, J.-C. and J.-A. Malarewicz, Dictionnaire clinique des therapies familiales systemiques, Paris: ESF, 1988.
"The Use of Metaphor to Treat Somatic Complaints in Therapy," in De Shazer, S. (Editor), Indirect Approaches to Therapy, Rockville, MD: Aspen, 1986.
"Solution-Oriented Therapy: A Megatrend in Psychotherapy," in Zeig, J. and Lankton, S. (Eds.) Developing Ericksonian Psychotherapy, New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1988.
"A Grand Unified Theory For Brief Therapy," in Zeig, J. and Gilligan, S. Brief Therapy: Myths, Methods and Metaphors: Proceedings of the Fourth International Erickson Congress, New York: Brunner Mazel, 1990.
"Solution-Oriented Hypnosis," in Lankton, S. and Zeig, J., Extrapolations: Demonstrations of Ericksonian Therapy, New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1989.
"History Becomes Her Story: Collaborative Solution-Oriented Therapy of the Aftereffects of Sexual Abuse," in Sheila McNamee and Kenneth Gergen (Eds.) Constructing Therapy: Social Construction and Therapeutic Process, Sage Publications, 1992.
"Possibility Therapy: Acknowledgment and Possibility as Cornerstones in Psychotherapy," in Gilligan, Stephen (Ed.) Generating Possibilities Through Therapeutic Conversation, Norton, 1993.
"Take Two People and Call Them In the Morning: Brief Solution-Oriented Treatment of Depression," in Friedman, Steven (Ed.) The New Language of Change: Constructive Collaboration in Psychotherapy, Guilford, 1993.
"Frozen in Time: Possibility Therapy with Adults Who Were Sexually Abused as Children," in VandeCreek, Knapp & Jackson (Eds.) Innovations in Clinical Practice: A Source Book, Professional Resource Press, 1993.
"Co-authoring a Love Story: Solution-Oriented Marital Therapy," (with Patricia O'Hanlon Hudson, Ph.D.) in Hoyt, Michael (Ed.) Constructive Therapies, Guilford, 1994.
"Love is a Noun (Except When It's a Verb): A Solution-Oriented Approach to Intimacy"
(with Steffanie O'Hanlon, M.S.W.) in Carlson, John and Sperry, Lynn (eds.) The Intimate Couple, Brunner/Mazel, in press.
"Possibility Therapy: An Inclusive, Solution-Based, Collaborative Therapy," in Hoyt, Michael (Ed.) The Handbook of Constructive Therapies, Guilford, 1998.
“Solution-Oriented Family Therapy,” (with Steffanie O’Hanlon, M.S.W.) in Carlson, J.  (2001) Theories and Strategies of Family Therapy. MA: Allyn and Bacon.
"Come Again: Brief Possibility-Oriented Sex Therapy,” in Greene, S. and Flemons, D. Quickies: Brief Sex Therapy, in press 2004, W.W. Norton.

Book Reviews

"Phoenix," The VAK, 1(3): 19, September/October 1982. "Healing in Hypnosis," The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, 3(3): 7, Fall 1983
"The Answer Within," The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, 3(1): 7, Spring 1983.
"Ordeal Therapy," The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, 4(3): 16, Fall 1984.
"Keys to Solution in Brief Therapy," The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, 5(2): 12, Summer 1985.
"Behind the One-Way Mirror," Family Relations, October 1986.
"The February Man," Family Therapy Networker, July/August, 1990, pp. 65-67.

Tape Reviews

"A Primer of Ericksonian Psychotherapy," The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, 4(3): 16, Fall 1984.


"Comment on 'A Matter of Mourning' (case example)," The Underground Railroad, 3(3): 3, Fall 1982.
"O'Hanlon Gardening Service (An Anecdote about Erickson)," The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, 2(2): 6, Summer 1982.
"Comment on 'Establishing the agenda: Approaches to schizophrenia,' (case example)," The Family Therapy Networker, 14(6): 68, November/December, 1990.
"Comment on 'Mobilizing Anger: A simple intervention proves remarkably effective,' (case example)," The Family Therapy Networker, 16(5): 73-74, September/October, 1992.
"Comment on 'Avoiding the Truth Trap: Responding to allegations (and denials) of sexual abuse,' (case example)," The Family Therapy Networker, 18(2):76-79, March/April,1994.
"Comment on 'Manners Matter,' (case example)," The Family Therapy Networker, 21(4): 81-83, July/August, 1997.
"Stood Up: One night father did know best," The Family Therapy Networker, 22(4): 88, July/August, 1998.
"A Mother's Liberation: One small step for womankind," The Family Therapy Networker, 23(2): 96, March/April, 1999.

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