buddhism influenced psychotherapists
Milton Erickson, MD

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Since the 1970s my life and work have been shaped by various psychotherapies. Walking hand in hand with therapy has been Buddhism, Eastern mysticism and other spiritual teachings. I have always been drawn to therapists and teachers that embody an integration of these paths.

The psychotherapists listed below are a few that have made an impact in the field. It is my hope that Essential Wholeness contributes to their combined body of work.

Marsha M. Linehan, PhD
Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington and founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) ​ Author of: Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder: The Dialectic Approach Program Manual

Daniel Siegel, MD
Clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and theCo-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. Author of: The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician’s Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration

Jack Kornfield PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Cofounder of the Spirit Rock Center. Author of: A Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology

Tara Brach, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Psychotherapist, Founder of Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC, Author of: Radical Acceptance

Zindel Segal, PhD, Psychologist
Co-Founder of Mindfulness-based CognitiveTherapy (MBCT), Author of: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression.

Steven Hayes, PhD, Psychologist
Founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Co-Author of: Mindfulness and Acceptance

Rick Hanson, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Founder, Wellspring Institute for Neuroscienceand Contemplative WisdomAuthor of: Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom.

Silvia Boorstein, PhD, Psychotherapist
Co-Founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Author of: Happiness Is an Inside Job

Ronald Siegel, PsyD, Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Author of: The Mindfulness Solution

Christopher Germer, PhD: Clinical Psychologist
Founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Author of: A Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

A.H. Almaas, the pen name of Ali Hammeed, PhD
Founder of Ridhwan School and the Diamond Approach. Author of many books including: The Pearl Beyond Price and The Point of Existence

Spiritually-minded Psychotherapists inspired by Milton Erickson, MD

Ernest Rossi, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Jungian Analyst
Author of many books including: The Symptom Path to Enlightenment, Creating Consciousness, How Therapists Can Facilitate Wonder, Wisdom, Truth and Beauty

Stephen Gilligan PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Trainer of Ericksonian Hypnosis and integrates Buddhism and Aikido with psychotherapy Author of: Courage to Love and The Hero’s Journey

Bill O’Hanlon, MA Psychotherapist
Author of many books including: Pathways to Spirituality: Connection, Wholeness, and Possibility for Therapist and Client

Michael Yapko PhD, Clinical Psychologist
International trainer in hypnosis and strategic approaches to psychotherapy. Author of: Mindfulness and Hypnosis, and Hypnosis and the Treatment of Depressions

Connirae Andreas, PhD
Co-founder of NLP Comprehensive. Author of: CoreTransformation, Reaching the Wellspring Within

Stephen Wolinsky, PhD Clinical Psychologist
Founder of Quantum psychology. Author of over 20 books: Quantum Consciousness: The Guide to Experiencing Quantum Psychology and The Trances People Live

Bradford Keeney, PhD, Family Therapist, Shaman, Healer
Founder of the Institute for Creative Transformation. Author of: Improvisational Therapy, Bushman Shaman: Awakening the Spirit through Ecstatic Dance, Milton H. Erickson, M.D.​, An American Healer.

Bert Hellinger
A German psychotherapist and founder of Family Constellations, Systemic Constellations and Movements of the Spirit-Mind. Author of: No Waves without the Ocean: Experiences and Thoughts and Love’s Hidden Symmetry: What makes love work in relationships.