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I did my undergraduate work in psychology at UC Santa Cruz, where I met Bateson, Bandler, Grinder, and Milton Erickson, the great psychiatrist/hypnotherapist. In his shamanic way, Erickson initiated me into anima mundi, the soul of the world, and its luminous interconnected mosaic. I then earned my Ph.D. at Stanford University in research psychology. From there I’ve been practicing, writing, teaching as a psychotherapist/coach, always looking for ways to absorb the countless contradictions and struggles of consciousness into generative integration.


My extensive travel and teaching in different cultures over the past decades has illuminated the infinite shapes and forms of people but, even deeper, that our shared humanity is much deeper. This experience seems especially vital now, as old forms crumble and differences are pushed ever closer together. I know now that the journey is about feeling the deeper wave of consciousness that can hold and heal the brokenness and possibilities of the world.

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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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