We share many common influences that have helped shape how we think and work, from Gregory Bateson’s cybernetic ideas about mind and Milton Erickson’s focus on and elucidation of utilization, to Carl Rogers’s emphasis on the importance of empathy.



I am a relational therapist, informed by MRI (Mental Research Institute), with fond ties to the work of Watzlawick, Weakland and Fisch, refracted through Monte Bobele’s Texas spirit and sense of humor. I also consider the Milan Associates and Bill O’Hanlon as important contributors to my development as a therapist, and I see a kindred spirit in Buck Brannaman’s magical way with horses.



I share Shelley’s appreciation of brief and systemic therapies and feel indebted to the innovators of these approaches. But for me, the sizzle of relational change is most directly found in the logic, practice, and broader implications of hypnosis and meditation. In addition to being inspired by Erickson, I have drawn much from the writings of Stephen Gilligan, Bill O’Hanlon, Eric Greenleaf, Irving Kirsch, and Stephen Jay Lynn, as well as from the practice of meditation and the philosophical traditions of Taoism and Zen.