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A Guide to Trance Land

A Practical Handbook of Ericksonian and Solution-Oriented Hypnosis

June 2009

Bill O'Hanlon (Author)


A friendly and brief guide to the essentials of hypnosis.

Popular author Bill O’Hanlon offers an inviting and reassuring guide to the essentials of hypnosis, alleviating the newcomer’s anxieties about how to make the most of this clinical tool. This brief book illustrates the benefits of solution-oriented hypnosis, which draws on the work of the pioneering therapist Milton Erickson (with whom O’Hanlon studied) and emphasizes doing what is needed to get results—which, more often than not, means trusting that the client holds within him- or herself answers or knowledge that need only be tapped or released by the therapist. O’Hanlon covers the key aspects of hypnosis, including: using possibility words and phrases; using passive language; and inducing trance. O’Hanlon offers practical tips and friendly encouragement for the novice hypnotherapist—in his characteristic warm, reassuring, and humorous style.


"Bill O’Hanlon has done it again….This short book is filled with useful information about trances and is written in an easy to understand and practical manner. I have already recommended this book to my students. I can easily recommend it to you as well...O’Hanlon’s books are always filled with precious clinical nuggets." — Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter

"From emphasizing through voice volume to creating rhythm in altered states, A Guide to Trance Land is a fine addition to any health library." — Bookwatch

"[C]harming, instructive book, easy to consume." — DianaPageJordan.com

"I highly recommend this to the serious clinician...This volume is probably the most concise opportunity for a practicing clinician to understand the breadth of permissive hypnosis." — Tim Brunson, Ph.D., The International Hypnosis Research Institute

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150 x 229 mm • 128 pages


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