Stephen G. Gilligan, Ph D.

Phone: (760) 942-0338

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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 legacyof 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 cooperation 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. .


Chapters and articles

Bower, G. H., & Gilligan, S.G.  (1979).   Remembering information about one's self. Journal of Research in Personality,  13,  420-432.

Bower, G. H., Gilligan, S.G., & Monteiro, K. P.  (1981).   Selectivelearning caused by affective states.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 1981, 110, 451-473.

Bower, G. H., Monteiro, K. P., & Gilligan, S.G.  (1978).  Emotional mood as a context for learning and recall.   Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior,  17, 573-585.

Gilligan, S.G.  (1982). The Ericksonian approach to clinical hypnosis.   In J. Zeig (Ed.), Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.  New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Gilligan, S.G.,  (1983).  The use of confusion in Ericksonian hypnotherapy.   New York Society of Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnosis Newsletter, 1, 2-5.

Gilligan, S.G. (1983)  Effects of emotional intensity on learning.   Doctoral Dissertation, Stanford University Psychology Dept.  Dissertation Abstracts International, pub. # 83-07, 157.

Gilligan, S.G.  (1985)  Generative autonomy: Principles for an Ericksonian

Psychotherapy.   In J. Zeig (Ed.), Ericksonian Psychotherapy, Volume 1: Structures. New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Gilligan, S.G.  (1988).  Symptom phenomena as trance phenomena.  In J. Zeig & S.

Lankton (Eds.), Ericksonian psychotherapv: State of the art. New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Gilligan, S.G.  (1988)  Psychosomatic healing in Ericksonian hypnotherapy. Hypnose und Kognition, 5, 26-33.

Gilligan, S.G. (1989).  The therapist as variety generator: Ericksonian interventions with depressed and anxious clients.   In M. Yapko (Ed.), Brief therapy approaches to treating anxiety and depression.  New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Gilligan, S.G.  (1989).  Accessing unconscious processes.  In S. Lankton and J. Zeig (Eds.), Ericksonian Monographs No.6: Extrapolations and demonstrations of Ericksonian therapyNew York:: Brunner/Mazel.

Gilligan, S.G.  (1989).  Commentary on E. Rossi's “Facilitating 'Creative Moments' in

Hypnotherapy”.   In S. Lankton and J. Zeig (Eds.), Ericksonian Monographs No 6: Extrapolations and demonstrations of Ericksonian therapy.  New York: Brunner Mazel.

Gilligan, S.G.  (1989).  Book review of Carol Allen & Herb Lustig's Tea with

Demons.   In S. Lankton (Ed.), Erickson Monographs No.5,  Ericksonian hypnosis: Application, preparation and research.  New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Gilligan, S.G.  (1990).  Book review of Erickson & Rossi's The February Man.   Family Therapy Networker July/August.

Gilligan, S.G.,  (1990).  Coevolution of primary process in brief therapy.  In J. K. Zeig & S.

Gilligan (Eds.), Brief therapy: Myths. methods and metaphors   New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Gilligan, S.G.  (1990).  In defense of hypnosis.   In S. Lankton (Ed.), Ericksonian Monographs No.7: The broader implications of Ericksonian therapy, New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Gilligan, S.G.  (1993).  Therapeutic Rituals.   In S. Gilligan & R. Price (Eds.),  Therapeutic Conversations.  New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Gilligan, S. G., & Price, R.  (1993)  Therapeutic conversations.  New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Gilligan, S.G.  (1994).  The fight against fundamentalism: Searching for soul in Erickson's legacy.   In J. K. Zeig (Ed.), The Fundamentals of Ericksonian Psychotherapy.   New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Gilligan, S.G.  (1996).  The relational self: The expanding of love beyond desire.  In M.

Hoyt (Ed.), Constructive therapies , Volume 2.  New York: Guilford Press.

Gilligan, S. G. (1996).  A river runs through it: The relational self in psychotherapy.  Hypnosis International Mongraphs, 2, 195-209.

Gilligan, S. G. (1997).   When I sit with a client.  Journal of systemic therapies, 16, 2, 113-124.

Gilligan, S. G. (1997).  Living in a post-Ericksonian world.  In W. J. Matthews and J. Edgette (Eds.),  Current thinking and research in brief therapy: Solutions, strategies, and narratives, Volume 1.  New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Gilligan, S. G. (1998).  Listening to our demons: When new identities struggle to emerge.  Family Therapy Networker, September/October.

Gilligan, S. G. (1999).  The experience of “negative otherness”: How shall we treat our enemies?   In J. K. Zeig (Ed.), Brief therapy: Lasting impressions.  Phoenix, AZ: Zeig Tucker Publications.

Gilligan, S. G.  (1999).  The principle of therapeutic sponsorship.  Erickson Newsletter, (june issue).

Gilligan, S. G. (2002).  EMDR and hypnosis: The same or different?  In F. Shapiro (Ed.), EMDR as an integrative psychotherapy approach: Experts of diverse orientations explore the paradigm prism.. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

Gilligan, S. G. (2001)   The problem is the solution: The principle of sponsorship in psychotherapy.  In B. Geary & J. Zeig (Eds.),  The handbook of Ericksonian therapy.  Phoenix, AZ: MH Erickson Founcation Press. .

Gilligan, S. G. (1999)  The generative self: A training workshop.   Unpublished manuscript.   

Gilligan, S. G. (2001).  Getting to the core: Mastering the art of therapeutic connection.  Networker, Jan/February.

Gilligan, S. G. (2001).  Hidden wellsprings: Finding our center in the vortex of terror.  Networker,   November/December.

Gilligan, S. G. (2001).  Foreword to Merlevede, P.E., Bridoux, & Vandamme, R.,  Seven steps to emotionl intelligence.  London: Crown House Publishing.

Gilligan, S. G. (2001).  Marriage as a beautiful ordeal.  In J. R. Levine & H. J. Markman (Eds.), Why do fools fall in love: Experiencing the magic, mystery, and meaning of successful relationships.   San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Gilligan, S.G., & Simon, D.  (Eds.)  (2004)  Walking in two worlds: The relational self in theory, practice, and community.   Phoenix, AZ: Zeig, Tucker, Thiesen.

Gilligan, S.G.  (2004) .  An invisible presence is awakening: Key ideas in Self Relations.  In Gilligan, S.G., & Simon, D.  (Eds.)  (Walking in two worlds: The relational self in theory, practice, and community.   Phoenix, AZ: Zeig, Tucker, Thiesen

Gilligan, S.G., & Bower, G. H.  (1983).  Reminding and mood-congruent memory.

Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society. 1983, 21, 431-434.

Gilligan, S.G., & Bower, G. H.  (1984).  Cognitive consequences of emotional arousal.   In C. E. Izard,  J. Kagan & R. Zajonc (Eds.),  Emotions, cognitions, and behavior.  New York: Cambridge Press.

Gilligan, S.G.,  & Kennedy, S. M.  (1989) Solutions and resolutions: Ericksonian hypnotherapy with incest survivors.   Journal of strategic and systemic therapies , 1989, 8,  9-17.

Gilligan, S. G., & Carter, P.  (1991).  Age regression.  In H. Klippstein (Ed.), Ericksonian hypnotherapeutic group inductions.  New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Schwarz, R. & Gilligan, S. G.  (1995).  The devil is in the details:  A book review of M. Yapko’s Suggestions of abuse.   Family Therapy Networker.