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Jane Parsons-Fein

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Jane A. Parsons-Fein is a licensed psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, author, video producer, and teacher based in New York City. For the last forty-eight years she has worked with individuals, couples, and families, integrating the teachings of Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson, and Mosche Feldenkrais, all of whom she trained with. She is a graduate of Smith College (1947), and Columbia School of Social Work (1969).

Professional Experience

Jane A. Parsons-Fein is currently president of the Parsons-Fein Training Institute for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis, which she founded in 1981. She is a co-founder of NYSEPH (The New York Milton H. Erikson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis), where she served as vice-president for two years, president for three years, and Director of Training for twelve years.

She started her own training program in Stockholm in 1998, which continued until 2008. Graduates from that program subsequently launched the Center for Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (CHP) in Stockholm, Sweden. Parsons-Fein remains a sponsor and consultant for that program to this day.

In addition to her own training programs, she co-directed with Kay Thompson, DDS, a 112-hour training program in October 1994 to May 1995. Parsons-Fein has taught and presented on Ericksonian approaches to psychotherapy and the Virginia Satir Model for family therapy in the United States and Europe for over thirty years.

Professional Organizations

Parsons-Fein is a member, Fellow, and consultant of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, where she served on the Board of Governors from March 2006 to March 2015 and on its Executive Committee in March 2015. She is a member of The International Society of Hypnosis (ISH), former member of The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnoses (SCEH), and the Swedish Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Diplomate of The American Hypnosis Board for Clinical Social Work and president emerita of that organization.

She was president emerita of The Manhattan Society of Clinical Hypnosis (MANCH), the Manhattan component of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), for ten years.

Member and Diplomate of Social Work, National Association of Social Workers.

Member of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work.

Diplomate of American Board of Examiners of Clinical Social Work.

Member of ISH


She edited the newsletter of the NYSEPH (Milton H Erikson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis) in New York for sixteen years.

She wrote several book reviews for The ASCH Journal in the 1990s. Her 2005 interview with Amir Raz, P.H.D. was published in The ASCH Journal, Volume 49, 2006 – Issue 2.

In 2004, she published Loving in the Here and Now ©, published by Penguin, a book about how couples can hypnotize each other into negative hypnotic states, and how to dissolve these states and transform them into loving and healing communication.

On May 31st, 2014, she completed Volume I of the 3-volume, 35-hour videotaped training sessions of Milton H. Erikson M.D. This one-of-a-kind set of DVDs and archival hardcover transcript book consists of six two-hour subtitled DVDs and a 254-page hardcover verbatim transcript. She finished Volume II in September 2017 and is currently working on Volume III. The Volume I DVDs are described in Stephen Lankton’s review as “the final evolution of his work,” and the transcripts as “A labor of love like no other” and “a work of art.” In Lankton’s review of Volume II, he called the set a “must-have reference for your library.” He continued, “It seems that we waited for the release of Volume 2 about as long as we awaited a Star Wars sequel. And, as with any sequel, the foremost question to ask is, ‘Is it as good as the first one?’ The answer is a resounding, “Yes.’”

In 1982, she began a 28-year collection of interviews with outstanding professionals in the world of psychotherapy, hypnosis, and consciousness, entitled People On the Edge of the Mind ©. These interviews with Virginia Satir, Carl Whitaker, Lawrence LeShan, Amir Raz, Dabney Ewin, Graham Barnes, Arnold Lazarus, Ernest Rossi, and Ernest and Catherine Rossi, David Cheek, Kay Thompson, and many others she plans to work with after she finishes Volume III.