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Eric Greenleaf

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New York University: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, 1968.

University of Chicago: Univ. Fellow, Cmte. On Human Development, 1962-64.

Wesleyan University: B.A. with Honors, Distinction in Social Studies, Speaker For the College of Social Studies, 1962.


Clinical Experience

1970-present: Private practice of psychotherapy and hypnotherapy with individuals, couples and groups.  Consultation to psychotherapists.

1970:      Licensed in California as Clinical Psychologist, PSY3357.

1968-71: Psychologist, Permanente Medical Group, Vallejo, CA.

1965-68: Psychology Trainee, V.A. hospitals: Brooklyn, N.Y. and Martinez, CA.


Selected Recent Teaching Experience

1994-2019: Invited Faculty, 6-13th International Congresses on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. Phoenix, AZ

2016: Internship Supervisor, Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA.

2014 Invited Faculty, V European Congress of Ericksonian Hypnosis, Krakow, Poland.

2013-14: Fundamentals of Advanced Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, 66 hr. training, Externship Program, Mental Research Institute (MRI), Palo Alto, CA.


Selected Consultation and Advisory Experience

2013-present: Advisory Board, The Dream Institute of Northern California.

2008-present: Case Reports Editor, The Erickson Foundation Newsletter.

2003-present: Vice Chair, Bd.of Directors, New Bridge Foundation, Berkeley, CA.

1996-98: Consultant to the Chronic Pain Management Clinic, Permanente Medical Group, San Francisco, CA.

1994- present: Founding Board, Milton H. Erickson Institute of the Bay Area.

1987-92: Consultant in Hypnotherapy, Psychiatry: Permanente Medical Group: Hayward, Martinez and S. San Francisco, CA.



Milton H. Erickson Award of Scientific Excellence for Writing in Hypnosis 1970

Creative Talent Award of the AIR: Honorable Mention, 1967-68

Founders' Day Award, New York University, 1968.

Albany, CA, USA

Selected Recent Publications

À propos de la perspective de M.H. Erickson concernant l’esprit inconscient,Transes: Hypnose, Santé, Cultures, #5, October 2018. trans. Antoine Bioy, Thierry Servillat.

”An Ericksonian Hypnosis Approach to Sex Therapy,” in Green, S. and Flemons, D., Quickies: The Handbook of Brief Sex Therapy, NY: W.W. Norton & Co., 2018.

El problema del mal, [tr, Maria Pia Allende], English edition 2000, Edicion en espanol, Puebla, Mexico, CEFAP, 2016.

”Dogs Will Eat Anything," in The M.H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, 35, #2, 2015.

”Life is With People,” in Hoyt, M.F., ed., Therapist Stories of Inspiration, Passion, and Renewal:  What’s Love Got to Do with It?  Routledge Publishers, 2013.

”De la relation hypnotique a l’alliance therapeutique: l’inconscient après Freud,” in Collot, E. [ed.] L’alliance Therapeutique, Dunod, Paris, 2011, pp. 143-158.

”A Trail of Happiness,” in Erickson, B.A. and Keeney, B., Milton H. Erickson, M.D., An American Healer,  Ringing Rocks Press, 2006, pp. 334-7

The Problem of Evil: Ancient Dilemmas and Modern Therapy, Phoenix: Zeig,Tucker,Theisen, 2000.

Presentations/ teachings

Selected Recent Workshops

"Topics in Advanced Ericksonian Approaches to Therapy,” Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, May 9-13, 2018

"The Art of Everyday Trance in Couples, Families and Groups,” with Angela Zhe Wu LMFT, Zhongke Boai, Beijing, China, April 5-8, 2018.

"Imaginative Methods, Dreams and Art In  Human Change”, Eris Foundation, Milan, Italy, September 23-24, 2017.

"Brief Ericksonian Therapy For Couples,” CEFAP, Veracruz, Mexico, August 26, 2017.

"How To Do Hypnosis and Therapy the Erickson Way,” with Betty Alice Erickson, LPC, MFT and John Dyckman PhD, San Rafael CA, Oct. 23-25, 2015.

"Ericksonian Approaches to Cancer, V European Congress of Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. Krakow, Poland, June 12, 2014.”

"Imaginative Methods in Substance Abuse Treatment,” Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii, Honolulu HI, April 18, 2013.

"Dr Erickson’s Benign Unconscious Mind,” Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto CA, Feb. 6, 2013.

"Two Voices, One Dream: A Brief Therapy Technique for Couples,” Brief Therapy, Lasting Solutions Conference, San Francisco, CA, December 5, 2012.

"Dream Action and Dream Meanings: Ericksonian Hypnosis Seminars,” Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA, August 26-31, 2012.


Selected Recent Presentations

"Dr.Erickson’s Appropaches to Hypnosis and Healing,” Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, May 9-13, 2018.

"The Unconscious After Freud,” Beijing University, Beijing, China, April 2, 2018.

"Thinking Like A Hypnotist About Treating Sexual Abuse,” Keynote address at 1er Congreso Int. Diagnóstico y tratamiento del abuso sexual, Puebla, Mexico, Nov. 3, 2017.

"Utilizing the Unconscious Mind,” at the 12th International Congress on Ericksonian Approaches to Psychotherapy,” Phoenix, AZ, Dec. 13, 2015.

"Balinese Healing of the Visible and Invisible Worlds,” at The Dream Institute of Northern California, Berkeley, CA, July 27, 2013.

"Captured by the Nervous Systems of Others: the Self, the Brain and the Unconscious,” at The International Online Conference Of Ericksonian Approaches To Psychotherapy, July 1, 2012.

"Deep Trance for Troubling Problems,” at Early Childhood Mental Health Program, Richmond, CA. October, 2011.

"Advances in Graduate Education in Clinical Hypnosis,” at APA, San Diego CA,, August, 2010.

"How to Prepare For and Recover From Surgery,” with Maggie Phillips, PhD. Teleseminar, July 2009.

"From Hypnotic Relationship to Therapeutic Alliance,” at GEAMH Colloque International Francophone, Paris, France, November, 2008.

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