Stephen Gilligan, PhD
An American psychologist specializing in creative change.
For over 40 years, Dr. Gilligan has been writing, coaching, and teaching.
Stephen was one of the original NLP students at UC Santa Cruz; Milton Erickson and Gregory Bateson were his mentors. After receiving his psychology doctorate from Stanford University, he became a teacher and practitioner of Ericksonian hypnotherapy. This work unfolded into his Self-Relations and Generative Self, and then further (in collaboration with Robert Dilts) into Generative Coaching. These different traditions have all been updated and integrated into the present Generative Change Work, which includes the applications of Generative Coaching, Generative Psychotherapy, Generative Trance, Hero's Journey, and Systemic Change work.
Stephen has taught in many cultures and countries, and has published many books. His books include The Hero's Journey: A Voyage of Self Discovery (co-authored with Robert Dilts), the classic Therapeutic Trances, The Courage to Love, The Legacy of Erickson, Walking in Two Worlds (with D. Simon), and Generative Trance: The Experience of Creative Flow. His forthcoming book is Generative Coaching (co-authored with Robert Dilts).