Bill O’Hanlon has authored, or coauthored36 books, including SolutionOriented Hypnosis, A Guide to TranceLand, Taproots, and An UncommonCasebook, all touching on hypnosis. He has published 60 articles or book chapters. Hisbooks have been translated into 16 languages, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish,German, Chinese, Bulgarian, Turkish, Korean, Indonesian, Italian, Croatian, Arabic, Polish,and Japanese. He has appeared on Oprah and a variety of other television and radio programs.Since 1977, Bill has given over 3,500 presentations around the world. He has been a topratedpresenter at many international conferences and was awarded the Outstanding Mental HealthEducator of the Year in 2001 by the New England
Educational Institute. Bill is a licensedmental health professional, certified professional counselor, and a licensed marriage and familytherapist. Bill is al member of AAMFT, American Association of Marriage and FamilyTherapy, and winner of the 2003 New Mexico AAMFT Distinguished Service Award, certifiedby the National Board of Certified al Hypnotherapists, and a fellow and a boardmember of the American Psychotherapy Association. We are so honored and pleased to have BillO’Hanlon with us today, and welcome for joining us. Thank you so much for having me, Kathleen.This is exciting. We’re doing this in a sort
of a high tech way, so that’s also exciting.It’s neat to do this Webbased stuff and let all the people all over the world who wannabe able to have it have access to it, so thank you for making that available. All right,so let me just get started. I’ll tell you a little about how I came to this and alsowhat’s different about this solutionoriented approach. Like most people, I was a littlewary of hypnosis but kind of fascinated with it when I first thought about it as a collegestudent actually, and I was a little worried that maybe I’d go get somebody to hypnotizeme. Maybe they’d manipulate me in some way or control me in some way. Maybe they’d hypnotizeme and tell me I kinda have to come back every
week and pay ’em their fee, and then they’dtell me to forget that suggestion so they could control me, so I was a little wary ofit. And then I came across Milton Erickson, who was in the area in which I went to university.I went to Arizona State University. He was in the Phoenix area. And I found that my understandingsof hypnosis were a little different from what it actually is. And the second thing is thatErickson had a nicer, gentler, kinder, more permissive, less controlling approach to hypnosis.And even though I wasn’t that interested in it when I first went out to visit him, I becamefascinated with the possibilities for hypnosis. And when I went to university, I was a psychologymajor initially, I was taught that the brain
and the neurology were fixed. After childhood,basically, your brain didn’t grow any more. You just lost brain function and brain cellsif you got any damage or just by growing older, you lost that. And over the last 25 yearsreally, there has been a revolution in understanding how the brain works, and there is this discoverycalled neuroplasticity and brain plasticity. But I think Erickson knew this a long timeago. He was trained as a psychiatrist and he had some neurological training, but atthe time, the received wisdom was the brain doesn’t change as an adult. Now we know thatit does change as an adult. You can grow new brain cells, you can make new connections,and the brain and the neurology change all
through life. So I think it made Ericksona very optimistic person. And one of the reasons he was optimistic is that he saw in hypnosishow plastic, how changeable people were. Their neurology was changeable. Their physiologywas changeable. Their emotions were changeable. Their thinking was changeable. Their personalitieswere changeable. Certainly their behavior and their interactions were changeable. Sohypnosis was the thing I think that made him such an optimistic therapist, and he influencedme, sort of warped me in that direction because I was learning traditional psychotherapy,which basically said people were damaged in their childhood or somewhere in their past,and that set them in a certain way so they
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This actually is herfourth time here to present so I’m just really pleasedthat she keeps coming back. Let me tell you a littlebit more about Sarah, she received her BA andMasters in al Psychology at Cal State Fullerton. She’s a licensed marriageand family therapists in Encinitas, she specializesin treating addictions and PTSD as well as working with athletes
and top performers. She lectures nationally onthe topic of mental fitness for peak performance. She’s certified in EMDR, and as the past president of the EMDR International Association. I could go on and on andso I will flip the page. She has spoke about her present topic,