Bill O'Hanlon's Bibliography
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Book List

  1. Shifting Contexts: The Generation of Effective Psychotherapy. New York: Guilford Press (September 1987; out of print). Co-authored with James Wilk.

  2. Taproots: The Underlying Principles of Milton Erickson's Therapy and Hypnosis. New York: Norton (February 1987).

  3. In Search of Solutions: A New Direction in Psychotherapy. New York: Norton (January 1989). Co-authored with Michele Weiner-Davis.

  4. 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].

  5. Rewriting Love Stories: Brief Marital Therapy. New York: Norton (February 1992). Co-authored with Patricia Hudson.

  6. Solution-Oriented Hypnosis: An Ericksonian Approach to Inner Healing. New York: Norton (October 1992). Co-authored with Michael Martin.

  7. A Brief Guide to Brief Therapy. New York: Norton (March 1993). Co-authored with Brian Cade.

  8. 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.

  9.  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.

  10. The Handout Book: Complete Workshop Handouts of Bill O’Hanlon, M.S. Omaha: Possibilities Press (Print version May 1996; reissue date March 2005, web-only PDF version, Santa Fe, Posssibilit-E Press).

  11. 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.

  12. Solution-Oriented Therapy for Chronic and Severe Mental Illness. (December 1998, Wiley). Co-authored with Tim Rowan.

  13. Brief Couples Therapy Homework Planner. (December 1998, Wiley). Co-authored with Steffanie O’Hanlon and Gary Schultheis.

  14. Evolving Possibilities: Selected Papers of Bill O’Hanlon. (May 1999, Brunner/Mazel [Taylor and Francis]). Co-edited by Steffanie O’Hanlon and Bob Bertolino.

  15. Invitation to Possibility-Land: A Teaching Seminar with Bill O’Hanlon. (October 1998, Brunner/Mazel [Taylor and Francis]). Co-authored with Bob Bertolino.

  16. 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.

  17. Do One Thing Different: Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life. (William Morrow and Company, October 1999; paperback, Quill, November 2000).

  18. Collaborative, Competency-Based Counseling and Therapy. (Allyn and Bacon, July 2001). Co-authored with Bob Bertolino.

  19. A Guide to Inclusive Therapy: 26 Techniques for Respectful, Resistance-Dissolving Therapy. (W.W. Norton, February 2003)

  20. A Lazy Man’s Guide to Success. (March 2003, Possibilit-E Press, web-only PDF book)

  21. Thriving Through Crisis: Turn Tragedy and Trauma Into Growth and Change. (Publication date: February 4, 2004, Penguin/Perigee; paperback release date: February 28, 2005)

  22. Dire Fare Cambiare: Guida Practica al Cambiamento in Terapia e Nella vVta Quotidiana (with Charlie John Fantechi); Italian only book; (FrancoAngeli, viale Monza 106, 20127 Milano, ITALY; published February 2005)

  23. Pathways to Spirituality: Connection, Wholeness, and Possibility for Therapist and Client (February 2006, W.W. Norton Professional Books).

  24. Change 101: A Practical Guide to Creating Change (in Life or Therapy). (manuscript completed ; Publication scheduled for Fall 2006, W.W. Norton Professional Books).

  25. 30 Possibilities for Expanding Your Practice Beyond the Clinical Office (January 2006, Possibilit-E Press, web-only PDF book)

  26. How to Write a Proposal and Sell Your Non-Fiction Book (April 2006, Possibilit-E Press, web-only PDF book)

  27. Becoming a Paid Speaker (July 2006, Possibilities-E Press, web-only PDF book)

  28. Write is A Verb: Sit Down. Start Writing. No Excuses. (July 2007, F&W/Writer’s Digest Books).

  29. A Guide to Trance-Land (2008; W.W. Norton Professional Books).

  30. A Guide to Rapidly Resolving Trauma (W.W. Norton Professional Books; 2010).

  31. The Therapist's Notebook on Positive Psychology (Routledge, 2011)

  32. A Friend in the Book Business: Writing and Publishing Tips from Bill O'Hanlon (PossiBillit-E Press, 2011)

  33. The Change Your Life Book (HCI, 2012)

  34. Becoming a Published Therapist (March, 2013, W. W. Norton)

  35. Out of the Blue: Six Non-Medication Ways to Relieve Depression (April 2014, W.W. Norton)

  36. Song Building: How to Write Better Songs Faster (December 2018, BookBaby). Co-Authored with Marty Dodson 

  37. The Songwriter's Guide to Mastering Co-Writing: Real Pros Sharing Real Techniques (March 2019, Songtown Press). Co-Authored with Marty Dodson and Clay Mills

  38. Song Building: Mastering Lyric Writing (September 2019, Songtown Press). Co-Authored with Marty Dodson

  39. Mastering Melody Writing: A Songwriter’s Guide to Hookier Songs With Pattern, Repetition, and Arc (July 2021, BookBaby). Co-Authored with Clay Mills

Journal Articles

“O’Hanlon Gardening Service (An Anecdote about Erickson),” The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, 2(2): 6, Summer 1982.
“Comment on ‘A Matter of Mourning’ (case example),” The Underground Railroad, 3(3): 3, Fall 1982.
“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.
“Comment on ‘Establishing the agenda: Approaches to schizophrenia,’ (case example),” The Family Therapy Networker, 14(6): 68, November/December, 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.
“Comment on ‘Mobilizing Anger: A simple intervention proves remarkably effective,’ (case example),” The Family Therapy Networker, 16(5): 73-74, September/October, 1992.
“Rewriting Love Stories,” (with Patricia Hudson), Family Therapy News, October 1993, pp. 9-10.
“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.
“The Third Wave,” Family Therapy Networker, November/December, 1994, pp. 19-29.
“Comment on ‘Manners Matter,’ (case example),” The Family Therapy Networker, 21(4): 81-83, July/August, 1997.
“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.
“May I Suggest Being Less Suggestive: Contrasting Authoritarian and Permissive Hypnosis,” Family Therapy Magazine, July/August 2008.
“My ‘Indiana Jones’ Life as an Entrepreneurial Therapist,” Family Therapy Magazine, November/December, 2009.

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.) Therapeutic Conversations, 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, 1998. “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, 2004, W.W. Norton. “Falling on Your Face,” in Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy: Tales of Transformation and Astonishment, edited by Jeffrey A. Kottler and Jon Carlson, 2009, Wiley. “Escape From Depresso-Land,” in Clinical Pearls, edited by Michael Kerman, 2009, W.W. Norton Professional Books.