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A bit more from Stephen...

There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

~William Shakespeare

I could have sworn hearing these words in my ears as a young boy, the narrative voice of a strange but magic childhood. I grew up in San Francisco, coming of age in the late 60s. Even though my family’s Catholicism was severe, I could still feel the divine through its repressive strictures. I went to an all-boys Jesuit high school, right on the border of the Haight-Ashbury hippie haven. From very young I was astonished but amazed that the words people spoke often didn’t match what I felt and saw in them. I knew from early on that psychotherapy was my calling: Somebody in that family and culture had to volunteer for the job.

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B.A., Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1977

Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University, 1983


Psychologist (California PSY 11735)


American Psychological Association


Lifetime Achievement Award, Milton Erickson Foundation, 2004

Gilligan, Stephen. (2012). Generative Trance: The Experience of Creative Flow
      Cardiff, Wales: Crowne House Books.

Gilligan, S. G. , & Dilts, R.  (2009). The Hero’s Journey: A Voyage of Self-Discovery.
      Wales: CrownHouse Publishing.

Gilligan, Stephen & Simon, Dvorah (2004). Walking in Two Worlds: The Relational Self
      in Theory, Practice and Community.
Phoenix, Zeig Tucker Books.

Gilligan, S. G.  (2002). The Legacy of Milton Erickson: Selected Papers of Stephen Gilligan.
      Phoenix, AZ: Zeig, Tucker, and Thiesen. 

Gilligan, S.G. (1997). The Courage to Love: Principles and Practices of Self-Relations Psychotherapy.
      New York: Norton

Gilligan, S.G.  (1987). Therapeutic Trances: The Co-operation Principle in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy.
      New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Gilligan, S. G., & Price, R.  (1993).  Therapeutic Conversations.  New York: Brunner/Mazel.
Lankton, S. R., Gilligan, S. G., & Zeig, J. K.  (Eds.)  (1991).  Ericksonian Monographs, Number 8:
      Views on Ericksonian Brief Therapy, Process and Action
. New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Zeig, J. K., & Gilligan, S.G., (Eds.)  (1990).  Brief Therapy: Myths. Methods. and Metaphors. 
      New York: Brunner/ Mazel. .
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