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A Guide to Trance Land: A Practical Handbook of Ericksonian and Solution-Oriented Hypnosis [Paperback]

Bill O'Hanlon
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June 29, 2009 0393705781 978-0393705782

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.

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Editorial Reviews


“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)

About the Author

Bill O’Hanlon, is a founder of Possibility and Inclusive Therapies and is the author or coauthor of more than twenty books, including Do One Thing Different and Quick Steps to Resolving Trauma. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (June 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393705781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393705782
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bill O'Hanlon, MS, LMFT, has authored or co-authored 30+ books, the latest being Becoming a Published Therapist (W.W. Norton, 2012); The Change Your Life Book (HCI, 2012), Quick Steps to Resolving Trauma (W.W. Norton, October, 2010), A Guide to Trance Land (W.W. Norton, 2009); Pathways to Spirituality (W.W. Norton), Change 101: A Practical Guide to Creating Change (W.W. Norton, Fall 2006). He has published 60+ articles or book chapters. His books have been translated into 15 languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, German, Chinese, Bulgarian, Turkish, Korean, Indonesian, Italian, Croatian, Arabic and Japanese. He has appeared on Oprah (with his book Do One Thing Different), The Today Show, and a variety of other television and radio programs. Since 1977, Bill has given over 2500 talks around the world. He has been a top-rated presenter at many national conferences and was awarded the 'Outstanding Mental Health Educator of the Year' in 2001 by the New England Educational Institute. Bill is a Licensed Mental Health Professional, Certified Professional Counselor, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Bill is clinical member of AAMFT (and winner of the 2003 New Mexico AMFT Distinguished Service Award), certified by the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists and a Fellow and a Board Member of the American Psychotherapy Association. He is known for his storytelling, irreverent humor, clear and accessible style and his boundless enthusiasm for whatever he is doing.

He coaches people on how to write books.

Find him at www.billohanlon.com.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Made Elegant March 7, 2011
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There are a lot of really good books on the subject of Ericksonian hypnotherapy--thousands of pages and millions of words. Now here comes Bill O'Hanlon with a deceptively slender volume of the very best, very most important, very most powerful things every hypnotist should know to do this stuff elegantly and well. It would be hard to overestimate how much value this book contains per page, or how valuable it could be if gotten into enough hands--especially those of the direct-suggestion hypnosis school. A Guide to Trance Land is a marvel.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for your Hypnotheraputic Toolbox! March 16, 2010
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This little book is packed with very easy to understand hypnotheraputic methods that make session work a breeze! The biggest fear that new hypnotist and hypnotherapist have is the resistance they receive from their clients. This little book explains in clear examples how to overcome such resistance without mentally arm wrestling your client. This is a must for your hypnotheraputic toolbox in my opinion!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK March 12, 2010
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Bill did a great job on this book, very easy to read with lots of great information all put into bite size bits of understandable information. One of the best easiest to read books on Ericksonian Hypnosis I have ever read. If interested in the field of Hypnosis READ THIS BOOK.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable addition to any practitioner's bookshelf. September 11, 2009
Some people write short books because the don't know enough about their subject matter. Bill's shorter books are written because he knows a huge amount about this subject, but has put great effort into distilling and organising the work into just what is needed without extra fluff.

As a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist, I find this book as well as his guide to Possibility Land the ones I go back to time and again to refresh my knowledge and ideas on the subject.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Bill O'Hanlon's A GUIDE TO TRANCE LAND offers a brief, easy introduction to permissive, solution-oriented hypnosis and comes from a renowned therapist and speaker who uses his training to provide therapists with guidelines to using solution-oriented hypnosis. From emphasizing through voice volume to creating rhythm in altered states, A GUIDE TO TRANCE LAND is a fine addition to any health library.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars to the point July 30, 2009
A great comprehensive overview on the techniques of permissive trance that are not only helpful in therapeutic trance but can also support coaching sessions with business clients.
BillO'Hanlon shows that he is really a master of trance land because he shows the ability to really strip decades of personal experience down to the essentials for a newcomer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed June 7, 2013
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I've been a Bill O'Hanlon fan for some time. However, in this instance I find myself quite disappointed. Not only was it VERY brief and I mean, VERY brief, but it was primarily a surface re-write of his classic, SOLUTION FOCUSED HYPNOTHERAPY. If I had wanted a revision of SFH, I would have bought a newer edition, if available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of breaking down erickson I've read so far June 23, 2013
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what this book equaled out to be for me.
erickson patterns volume 1 made easy and without all the crap.

he basically made an erickson patterns book for dummies.
there was alot of euriqe moments for me. thinking to myself
O thats how you do that when before I was confused on some stuff
I read in other books. he clears it up.

still missing some stuff. but he did such a good job Im still gonna give him 5 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Easy to understand and great gift to any therapist wanting to understand the nature of trance and its gift to healing,
Published 14 days ago by nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Class of problem and Class of solution
Trance land is a wonder land…..and what was even more amazing was that I emailed a question to Bill and he replied in person!
Published 2 months ago by Maiko Natsukawa
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the material - hate the pictures.
I will continue in the years to come, use this book as reference. It explains and demonstrates in very easy to understand ways the principles of trance. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mykeljon
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to read and understand
I enjoyed reading it. Did not seem like a textbook. Playful fun approach to learning hypnosis basics. will use it as a reference.
Published 5 months ago by Penn Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple
Very easy to understand! I could not stop reading and learning. It is full of basic information and also gives you resources to look into.
Published 6 months ago by Donald Thomas Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY PRACTICAL
I love this book because it shows you how practical Mr. Erickson was on his approaches of hypnotherapy. It teaches you different methods that you can put into practice right away. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tri-Cities Marketing Network
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guide to Trance Land: A Practical Handbook of Ericksonian and...
This book was really great! It was very simple and unpretentious. I appreciated not having to wade through someone's academic ego trip to get to the information that I needed. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nomdepluma
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnosis clarified
Well-written, easily understood. Mr. O'Hanlon does an excellent job of offering explanations and samples of suggestion in a straight-forward, in-the-room-with-you manner.
Published 18 months ago by Belle Dessa
3.0 out of 5 stars A good explanation of Erickson's use of anecdotes
I thought section 9 was the best part of this short text when O'Hanlon compares Freud and Erickson and how they would characterize the "unconscious". Read more
Published 18 months ago by AthleTech
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 pages of well written to the point text
I love when writers write to the point. There is no BS in this book, no stories that drone on and on endlessly, so long you forget what the poi t even is or if it will ever come. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazongirl
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