Solution-Based Therapy & Publications

  • Andersen, T. (Ed.). (1991). The reflecting team: Dialogues and dialogues about the dialogues. New York: Norton.
  • Anderson, H. (1997). Conversation, language, and possibilities: A postmodern approach. New York: Basic Books.
  • Berg, I. K. (1994). Family based services: A solution-focused approach. New York: Norton.
  • Berg, I. K., & Miller, S. D. (1992). Working with the problem drinker: A solution-focused approach. New York: Norton.
  • Berg, I. K., & Reuss, N. H. (1998). Solutions step by step: A substance abuse treatment manual. New York: Norton.
  • Bertolino, B. (1999). Therapy with troubled teenagers: Rewriting young lives in progress. New York: Wiley.
  • Bertolino, B., & O’Hanlon, B. (Eds.). (1998). Invitation to possibility-land: An intensive teaching seminar with Bill O’Hanlon. Bristol, PA.: Brunner/Mazel.
  • Bertolino, B., & Thompson, K. (in press). The residential youth care worker in action: A collaborative, competency-based approach. New York:The Haworth Press.
  • Budman, S. H. (Ed.). (1981). Forms of brief therapy. New York: Guilford.
  • Budman, S. H., Hoyt, M. F., & Friedman, S. (Eds.). (1992). The first session in brief therapy. New York: Guilford.
  • Cade, B., & O’Hanlon, W. H. (1993). A Brief guide to brief therapy. New York: Norton.
  • Cooper, J. F. (1995). A primer of brief psychotherapy. New York: Norton.
  • Chevalier, A.J. (1995) On the Client’s Path: A Manual for the Practice of Brief Solution-Focused Therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
  • Chevalier, A.J. (1996) On the Counselor’s Path: A Guide to Teaching Brief Solution-Focused Therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
  • De Jong, P., Berg, I. K. (1998). Interviewing for solutions. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
  • de Shazer, S. (1982). Patterns of brief family therapy: An ecosystemic approach. New York: Guilford.
  • de Shazer, S. (1985). Keys to solution in brief therapy. New York:Norton.
  • de Shazer, S. (1988). Clues: Investigating solutions in brief therapy. New York: Norton.
  • de Shazer, S. (1991). Putting difference to work. New York: Norton.
  • de Shazer, S. (1994). Words were originally magic. New York: Norton.
  • Dolan, Yvonne (1991) Resolving Sexual Abuse. New York: Norton.
  • Duncan, B. L., Hubble, M. A., & Miller, S. D. (1997). Psychotherapy with “impossible”
  • cases: The efficient treatment of therapy veterans. New York: Norton.
  • Durrant, M. (1993). Residential treatment: A cooperative, competency-based approach to therapy and program design. New York: Norton.
  • Durrant, M. (1995). Creative strategies for school problems: Solutions for psychologists and teachers. New York: Norton.
  • Epston, D. (1989). Collected papers. Adelaide, South Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications.
  • Epston, D., & White, M. (1992). Experience, contradiction, narrative, and imagination:
  • Selected papers of David Epston and Michael White 1989-1991. Adelaide, South Australia:Dulwich Centre Publications.
  • Eron, J. B., & Lund, T. W. (1996). Narrative solutions in brief therapy. New York: Guilford.
  • Freedman, J., & Combs, G. (1996). Narrative therapy: The social construction of preferred realities. New York: Norton.
  • Freeman, J., Epston, D., & Lobovits, D. (1997). Playful approaches to serious problems: Narrative therapy with children and their families. New York: Norton.
  • Friedman, Steven & Fanger, M. T. (1991) Expanding Therapeutic Possibilities: Getting Results in Brief Therapy. Lexington, MA: DC Heath.
  • Friedman, S. (Ed.). (1995). The reflecting team in action: Collaborative practice in family therapy. New York: Guilford.
  • Friedman, S. (1997). Time-effective psychotherapy: Maximizing outcomes in an era of minimized resources. Needham Heights, MA.: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Furman, B., & Ahola, T. (1992). Solution talk: Hosting therapeutic conversations. New York: Norton.
  • Gilligan, S., & Price, R. (Eds.). (1993). Therapeutic conversations. New York: Norton.
  • Hoffman, L. (1993). Exchanging voices: A collaborative approach to family therapy. London: Karnac.
  • Hoyt, M. F. (Ed.). (1994). Constructive therapies. New York: Guilford.
  • Hoyt, M. F. (1995). Brief therapy and managed care: Readings for contemporary practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Hoyt, M. F. (Ed.). (1996). Constructive therapies 2. New York: Guilford.
  • Hoyt, M. F. (Ed.). (1998). The handbook of constructive therapies. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Hubble, M. A., Miller, S. D., & Duncan, B. L. (Eds.). (1999). The heart and soul of change: What works in therapy. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  • Hudson, Patricia O. & O’Hanlon, William H. (1992) Rewriting Love Stories: Brief Marital Therapy. New York: Norton
  • Lethem, Jane (1995) Moved to Tears, Moved to Action: Solution-focused brief therapy with women and children. London: BT Press [17 Avenue Mansions, Finchley Rd., London NW3 7AX, UK].
  • Littrell, J. (1998). Brief therapy in action. New York: Norton.
  • McNamee, S., & Gergen, K, J. (Eds.). (1992). Therapy as social construction: Inquiries in social construction. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
  • Metcalf, L. (1995). Counseling toward solutions: A practical solution-focused program for Working with students, teachers, and parents.
  • New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • Metcalf, L. (1997). Parenting toward solutions: How parents can use skills they already have to raise responsible, loving kids. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  • Metcalf, L. (1998). Solution-focused group therapy: Ideas for groups in private practice, schools, agencies, and treatment programs. New York: The Free Press.
  • Miller, G. (1997). Becoming miracle workers: Language and meaning in brief therapy. New York: Aldine de Gruyter.
  • Miller, S. D., & Berg, I. K. (1995). The miracle method: A radically new approach to problem drinking. New York: Norton.
  • Miller, S. D., Duncan, B. L., & Hubble, M. A. (1997). Escape from Babel: Toward a unifying language for psychotherapy practice. New York: Norton.
  • Miller, S. D., Hubble, M. A., & Duncan, B. L. (Eds.). (1996). Handbook of solution-focused brief therapy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Monk, G., Winslade, J., Crocket, K., & Epston, D. (Eds.). (1997). Narrative therapy in
    practice: The archaeology of hope. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
  • Murphy, John J. (1997) Solution-Focused Counseling in Middle and High Schools. Alexandria: American Counseling Association [5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304].
  • Murphy, J. J., & Duncan, B. L. (1997). Brief intervention for school problems: Collaborating for practical solutions. New York: Guilford.
  • O’Hanlon, B., & Beadle, S. (1999). A guide to possibility land: Fifty-one methods for doing brief, respectful therapy. New York: Norton. [Originally published, 1994, as A field guide to possibilityland: Possibility therapy methods. Omaha, NE.: Possibility Press.]
  • O’Hanlon, B., & Bertolino, B. (1998). Even from a broken web: Brief, respectful solution-oriented therapy for sexual abuse and trauma. New York: Wiley.
  • O’Hanlon, B., & Wilk, J. (1987). Shifting contexts: The generation of effective psychotherapy. New York: Guilford.
  • O’Hanlon, S., & Bertolino, B. (Eds.). (in press). Evolving possibilities: The selected papers of Bill O’Hanlon. Bristol, PA: Brunner/Mazel.
  • O’Hanlon, W. H., & Martin, M. (1992). Solution-oriented hypnosis: An Ericksonian approach. New York: Norton.
  • O’Hanlon, Bill and Hudson, Pat (1996) Stop Blaming, Start Loving. New York: Norton.
  • O’Hanlon, William H. (1987) Taproots: Underlying Principles of Milton Erickson’s Therapy and Hypnosis. New York: Norton.
  • O’Hanlon, W. H., & Weiner-Davis, M. (1989). In search of solutions: A new direction in psychotherapy. New York: Norton.
  • Parry, A., & Doan, R. E. (1994). Story re-visions: Narrative therapy in the postmodern world. New York: Guilford.
  • Quick, E. K. (1996). Doing what works in brief therapy: A strategic solution-focused approach. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
  • Rowan, T., & O’Hanlon, B. (1999). Solution-oriented therapy for chronic and severe mental illness. New York: Wiley.
  • Schultheis, G. M. (1998). Brief therapy homework planner. New York: Wiley.
  • Schultheis, G., O’Hanlon, B., & O’Hanlon, S. (1999). Brief couples therapy homework planner. New York: Wiley.
  • Selekman, M. D. (1993). Pathways to change: Brief therapy solutions with difficult adolescents. New York: Guilford.
  • Selekman, M. D. (1997). Solution-focused therapy with children: Harnessing family strengths for systemic change. New York: Guilford.
  • Smith, C., & Nylund, D. (Eds.). (1997). Narrative therapies with children and adolescents. New York: Guilford.
  • Talmon, M. (1990). Single session therapy: Maximizing the effect of the first (and often only) therapeutic encounter. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Walter, J. L., & Peller, J. E. (1992). Becoming solution-focused in brief therapy. New York: Brunner/Mazel.
  • Webb, Willyn (1999) Solutioning: Solution-Focused Interventions for Counselors. Philadelphia: Accelerated Development, a member of Taylor& Francis Group.
  • White, M. (1989). Selected papers. Adelaide, South Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications.
  • White, M. (1995). Re-authoring lives: Interviews and essays. Adelaide, South Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications.
  • White, M. (1997). Narratives of therapists’ lives. Adelaide, South Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications.
  • White, M., & Epston, D. (1990). Narrative means to therapeutic ends. New York: Norton.
  • Zimmerman, J., & Dickerson, V. (1996). If problems talked: Narrative therapy in action. New York: Guilford.

Bill O’Hanlon Publications


  • Shifting Contexts:  The Generation of Effective Psychotherapy.  New York:  Guilford Press (September 1987; out of print).  Co-authored with James Wilk.
  • Taproots:  The Underlying Principles of Milton Erickson’s Therapy and Hypnosis. New York:  Norton (February 1987).
  • In Search of Solutions:  A New Direction in Psychotherapy.  New York:  Norton (January 1989). Co-authored with Michele Weiner-Davis.
  • An Uncommon Casebook:  The Complete Clinical Work of Milton H. Erickson analyzed and summarized.  New York:  Norton (October 1990).  Co-authored with Angela Hexum [my stepdaughter].
  • Rewriting Love Stories: Brief Marital Therapy.  New York:  Norton (February 1992).  Co-authored with Patricia Hudson.
  • Solution-Oriented Hypnosis: An Ericksonian Approach to Inner Healing.  New York:  Norton (October 1992).  Co-authored with Michael Martin.
  • A Brief Guide to Brief Therapy.  New York:  Norton (March 1993).  Co-authored with Brian Cade.
  • A Field Guide To Possibility-Land:  A Possibility Therapy Manual. Omaha:  Possibilities Press (July 1994).  Co-authored with Sandy Beadle. Reissued as Guide to Possibility Land by W.W. Norton, January 1999.
  • Love is a Verb: Stop Analyzing Your Relationship and Start Making It Great! [Stop Blaming, Start Loving-paperback title]  New York:  Norton (February 1995).  Co-authored with Pat Hudson.
  • The Handout Book: Complete Workshop Handouts of Bill O’Hanlon, M.S. Omaha:  Possibilities Press (Print version May 1996; reissue date December 2003, web-only PDF version).
  • Even From a Broken Web:  Brief and Respectful Solution-Oriented Therapy for Resolving Sexual Abuse.  (April 1998, Wiley; paperback W. W. Norton, March 2002). Co-authored with Bob Bertolino.
  • Solution-Oriented Therapy for Chronic and Severe Mental Illness.  (December 1998, Wiley). Co-authored with Tim Rowan.
  • Brief Couples Therapy Homework Planner.  (December 1998, Wiley).  Co-authored with Steffanie O’Hanlon and Gary Schultheis.
  • Evolving Possibilities: Selected Papers of Bill O’Hanlon.  (In press, May 1999, Brunner/Mazel [Taylor and Francis]).  Co-edited by Steffanie O’Hanlon and Bob Bertolino.
  • Invitation to Possibility-Land:  A Teaching Seminar with Bill O’Hanlon.  (October 1998, Brunner/Mazel [Taylor and Francis]). Co-authored with Bob Bertolino.
  • You Can’t Make Me!: Successfully Managing Strong-Willed, Oppositional and Defiant Children.  (January 2001; paperback January 2002; mass market paperback, May, 2002, Signet Books). Co-authored with Ray Levy and Tyler Goode.
  • Do One Thing Different: Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life.  (William Morrow and Company, October 1999; paperback, Quill, November 2000).
  • Collaborative, Competency-Based Counseling and Therapy. (Allyn and Bacon, July 2001). Co-authored with Bob Bertolino.
  • A Guide to Inclusive Therapy: 26 Techniques for Respectful, Resistance-Dissolving Therapy. (W.W. Norton, February 2003)
  • A Lazy Man’s Guide to Success. (March 2003, Possibilit-E Press, web-only PDF book)
  • Thriving Through Crisis: Turn Tragedy and Trauma Into Growth and Change. (Publication date: February 4, 2004, Penguin/Perigee; paperback release date: February 28, 2005)
  • Seven Pathways to Connection: Integrating Spirituality Into Therapy. (Publication scheduled for Fall 2005, W.W. Norton Professional Books).
  • Change 101: A Practical Guide to Creating Change (in Life or Therapy). (Publication scheduled for Spring 2006, W.W. Norton Professional Books).

Journal Articles

  • “Splitting and Linking: Two Generic Patterns in Ericksonian Therapy,” The Journal of Strategic and Systemic Therapies, 1(4): 21-25, Winter 1982.
  • “Strategic Pattern Intervention: An Integration of Individual and Family Systems Therapies based on the work of Milton H. Erickson, M.D.,” The Journal of Strategic and Systemic Therapies, 1(4): 21-25, Winter 1982.
  • “Paradox Reduced: Reply to Jim Warner,” The Underground Railroad, 4(1): 3-4, March 1983.
  • “An Annotated Erickson Bibliography,” The Family Therapy Networker, 7(5): 39+, September-October 1983.
  • “Framing Interventions in Therapy: Deframing and Reframing,” The Journal of Strategic and Systemic Therapies, 3(2): 1-4, Summer 1984.
  • “Is Lying Possible in Therapy?” The Underground Railroad, 5(3): 4-5, September 1984.
  • “Uncommon Sense in Therapy: Milton H. Erickson and Ericksonian Therapy,” Assert, 55: 3-4, Autumn 1984.
  • “Permissive vs. Authoritarian Induction Approaches,” The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, 5(1): 7, Winter 1985.
  • “Custom Reframing: The Use of Analogies for a Change,” The Underground Railroad, VI(2): 5-7, April 1986. (Simultaneously published in Finnish in the Finnish Journal of Family Therapy.)
  • “Debriefing Myself: When a Brief Therapist Does Long-Term Work,” The Family Therapy Networker, 14(2): 48+, March/April, 1990.
  • “Theory Countertransference,” Dulwich Centre Newsletter, 1992.
  • “The Limits of Setting Limits on Mental Health Services,” (with Mark Hubble and Kathy Revell), Medical Interface, 5(7): 33-40, July 1992.
  • “Rewriting Love Stories,” (with Patricia Hudson), Family Therapy News, October 1993, pp. 9-10.
  • “The Third Wave,” Family Therapy Networker, November/December, 1994, pp. 19-29.
  • “The Dog Ate It: When Clients Don’t Do Their Homework,” The Family Therapy Networker, 22(3): 21-22, May/June, 1998 (co-authored with Steffanie O’Hanlon).
  • “Stood Up: One night father did know best,” The Family Therapy Networker, 22(4): 88, July/August, 1998.
  • “A Mother’s Liberation: One small step for womankind,” The Family Therapy Networker, 23(2): 96, March/April, 1999.
  • “Grand Rounds in Psychotherapy: Interviews with Richard C. Schwarz, Ph.D., Eliana Gil, Ph.D., and Bill O’Hanlon, M.S.” Journal of Clinical Activities, Assignments & Handouts in Psychotherapy Practice,” 1(3), July 2001.
  • “Moving On From Trauma,” Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association, January/February, 2002.
  • “Moving On: New, Brief, Effective (and Controversial) Trauma Treatment,” Paradigm, Summer 2002, p.12-13; 22.
  • “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” Psychotherapy Networker, January/February 2003, 27(1), pp.26-31; 56.
  • “Best Shot.” Psychotherapy Networker, March/April 2005 (forthcoming)

Articles or Chapters in Books

  • “Frameworks of Milton Erickson’s Hypnosis and Therapy,” in Zeig, J. (Editor), Ericksonian Psychotherapy (Vol. 1: Structures), The Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1985.
  • “Fragments of a Therapeutic Biography,” in Efron, D. (Editor), Journeys: Expansions of Strategic and Systemic Therapies, New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1986.
  • “Psychotherapie Ericksonienne,” in Benoit, J.-C. and J.-A. Malarewicz, Dictionnaire clinique des therapies familiales systemiques, Paris: ESF, 1988.
  • “The Use of Metaphor to Treat Somatic Complaints in Therapy,” in De Shazer, S. (Editor), Indirect Approaches to Therapy, Rockville, MD: Aspen, 1986.
  • “Solution-Oriented Therapy: A Megatrend in Psychotherapy,” in Zeig, J. and Lankton, S. (Eds.) Developing Ericksonian Psychotherapy, New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1988.
  • “A Grand Unified Theory For Brief Therapy,” in Zeig, J. and Gilligan, S. Brief Therapy: Myths, Methods and Metaphors: Proceedings of the Fourth International Erickson Congress, New York: Brunner Mazel, 1990.
  • “Solution-Oriented Hypnosis,” in Lankton, S. and Zeig, J., Extrapolations: Demonstrations of Ericksonian Therapy, New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1989.
  • “History Becomes Her Story: Collaborative Solution-Oriented Therapy of the Aftereffects of Sexual Abuse,” in Sheila McNamee and Kenneth Gergen (Eds.) Constructing Therapy: Social Construction and Therapeutic Process, Sage Publications, 1992.
  • “Possibility Therapy: Acknowledgment and Possibility as Cornerstones in Psychotherapy,” in Gilligan, Stephen (Ed.) Generating Possibilities Through Therapeutic Conversation, Norton, 1993.
  • “Take Two People and Call Them In the Morning: Brief Solution-Oriented Treatment of Depression,” in Friedman, Steven (Ed.) The New Language of Change: Constructive Collaboration in Psychotherapy, Guilford, 1993.
  • “Frozen in Time: Possibility Therapy with Adults Who Were Sexually Abused as Children,” in VandeCreek, Knapp & Jackson (Eds.) Innovations in Clinical Practice: A Source Book, Professional Resource Press, 1993.
  • “Co-authoring a Love Story: Solution-Oriented Marital Therapy,” (with Patricia O’Hanlon Hudson, Ph.D.) in Hoyt, Michael (Ed.) Constructive Therapies, Guilford, 1994.
  • “Love is a Noun (Except When It’s a Verb): A Solution-Oriented Approach to Intimacy”
    (with Steffanie O’Hanlon, M.S.W.) in Carlson, John and Sperry, Lynn (eds.) The Intimate Couple, Brunner/Mazel, in press.
  • “Possibility Therapy: An Inclusive, Solution-Based, Collaborative Therapy,” in Hoyt, Michael (Ed.) The Handbook of Constructive Therapies, Guilford, 1998.“Solution-Oriented Family Therapy,” (with Steffanie O’Hanlon, M.S.W.) in Carlson, J.  (2001) Theories and Strategies of Family Therapy. MA: Allyn and Bacon.
  • “Come Again: Brief Possibility-Oriented Sex Therapy,” in Greene, S. and Flemons, D. Quickies: Brief Sex Therapy, in press 2004, W.W. Norton.

Book Reviews

  • “Phoenix,” The VAK, 1(3): 19, September/October 1982. “Healing in Hypnosis,” The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, 3(3): 7, Fall 1983
  • “The Answer Within,” The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, 3(1): 7, Spring 1983.
  • “Ordeal Therapy,” The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, 4(3): 16, Fall 1984.
  • “Keys to Solution in Brief Therapy,” The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, 5(2): 12, Summer 1985.
  • “Behind the One-Way Mirror,” Family Relations, October 1986.
  • “The February Man,” Family Therapy Networker, July/August, 1990, pp. 65-67.

Tape Reviews

  • “A Primer of Ericksonian Psychotherapy,” The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, 4(3): 16, Fall 1984.


  • “Comment on ‘A Matter of Mourning’ (case example),” The Underground Railroad, 3(3): 3, Fall 1982.
  • “O’Hanlon Gardening Service (An Anecdote about Erickson),” The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, 2(2): 6, Summer 1982.
  • “Comment on ‘Establishing the agenda: Approaches to schizophrenia,’ (case example),” The Family Therapy Networker, 14(6): 68, November/December, 1990.
  • “Comment on ‘Mobilizing Anger: A simple intervention proves remarkably effective,’ (case example),” The Family Therapy Networker, 16(5): 73-74, September/October, 1992.
  • “Comment on ‘Avoiding the Truth Trap: Responding to allegations (and denials) of sexual abuse,’ (case example),” The Family Therapy Networker, 18(2):76-79, March/April,1994.
  • “Comment on ‘Manners Matter,’ (case example),” The Family Therapy Networker, 21(4): 81-83, July/August, 1997.
  • “Stood Up: One night father did know best,” The Family Therapy Networker, 22(4): 88, July/August, 1998.
  • “A Mother’s Liberation: One small step for womankind,” The Family Therapy Networker, 23(2): 96, March/April, 1999.

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