John Teleska, M.Ed., NBCCH

Integrative Medicine Department, Clifton Springs Hospital &
Private Practice, Pittsford, NY (near Rochester)

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Rosen, Sidney, ed. (1991). My Voice Will Go With You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson. NY, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.

Even if you aren't interested in therapy, a warm-fuzzy bed-time read, and yet clinically relevant.


Erickson and Rossi (1996). Hypnotherapy: An Exploratory Casebook.NY, NY: Irvington.

If you buy only one of the Erickson/Rossi books, this is the one. Covers a lot of ground.


Erickson; Rossi, ed. (1992). Vol I Healing in Hypnosis. NY, NY: Irvington.
Erickson; Rossi, ed. (1992). Vol II Life Reframing in Hypnosis. NY, NY: Irvington.
Erickson; Rossi, ed. (1992). Vol III Mind-Body Communication in Hypnosis. NY, NY: Irvington.
Erickson; Rossi, ed. (1992). Vol IV Creative Choice in Hypnosis. NY, NY: Irvington.

Great books. Transcripts of some of Erickson's seminars, workshops, and lectures. Some of the volumes are hard to get.


Rossi, Ernest L.; Cheek, David B. (1988). Mind-Body Therapy: Methods of Ideodynamic Healing in Hypnosis. NY, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.

Ideodynamic means unconscious motor control. David Cheek, a colleague of Erickson's, made creative use of hypnosis in his many years as an obstetrician. Rossi collected the scattered papers and made a book. Lots of great material far beyond the borders of OB-GYN.


Hammond, Corydon, ed. (1990). Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors. Des Plaines, Iowa: American Society for Clinical Hypnosis.

An incredible collection of trance metaphors for thousands of situations. A standard reference for hypnotherapists.


Haley, J., ed. (1985). Conversations with Milton H. Erickson Vol I-III. Triangle Press.

Conversations between three very good therapists (Erickson, Haley, and Weakland) about specific cases. Gregory Bateson occasionally joins in.


Grinder, John & Bandler, Richard (1982). Trance-formations, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the Structure of Hypnosis. Moab, UT: Real People Press.

Grinder and Bandler formulated NLP, a grammar based on Erickson's speech patterns in his work w/ clients. This book is an edited transcript of some of their workshops.


Lakoff & Johnson (1980). Metaphors We Live By. Univ. of Chicago Press.

Written by a linguist and philosopher. This book changed how I make meaning out of what people say.


Cooper & Erickson (1959). Time Distortion in Hypnosis. NY, NY: Irvington.

Out of print and rare. In this book Erickson lays out the basis of his work in hypnosis. One of the few books containing material actually written by Erickson (rather than his students).


Watzlawick, Weakland, Fisch (1974). Change: Principles of Problem Formation and Problem Resolution. Norton.

How change occurs spontaneously, and how change can be promoted. Small, dense and to the point. The first two authors are students of Erickson's.


Dossey, Larry (1996). Prayer is Good Medicine: How to Reap the Healing Benefits of Prayer. NY, NY: Harper Collins Publishers.

Dossey, an MD, in his several books explores studies and anecdotes linking prayer and healing. Interesting similarities between the effects of prayer and hypnosis.


Pert, Candace B. (1997). Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel. NY, NY: Scribner.

Links our macroscopic experience with activity within us on the cellular and molecular level. Provides the beginnings of a model of how hypnosis might affect physiologic function.


Flemons, Douglas (2002). Of One Mind; The Logic of Hypnosis, the Practice of Therapy. NY, NY: Norton.

A very readable book by a teacher of family therapy building on the work of Gregory Bateson, Milton H. Erickson, and others. Uses case descriptions interwoven with evocative didactic commentary.

Good book source:

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John Teleska, M.Ed.
(585) 264-9497

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38 Parkridge Drive
Pittsford, NY 14534
SE of Rochester by Powder Mill Park near Bushnell’s Basin exit 27 of I-490
Integrative Medicine Department
Clifton Springs Hospital
2 Coulter Road
Clifton Springs, NY 14432
between Canandaigua and Geneva,
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