Originally trained as a psychotherapist, Bill became known for his collaborative respectful approach, irreverent humor, storytelling, clear and accessible presentation style and his infectious enthusiasm for whatever he is doing. He teaches seminars, leads trainings, writes books, coaches people and offers websites, podcasts, blogs, web-based courses, teleclasses and audio and video programs. Bill is often invited as a keynote speaker, conference speaker, motivational keynote presenter and business speaker.
Bill began his professional career in 1975 as a hippie transpersonal counselor at the A.R.E. (Edgar Cayce) Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. Earlier he ran growth groups and taught seminars at the Phoenix growth center Sentheon. Deciding he really ought to know something more about what he was doing, he studied Neuro-Linguistic Programming (before they even had a name for it) and ultimately went back to school and became a marriage and family therapist. During graduate school he studied with the eccentric and creative psychiatrist Milton Erickson and became Erickson's gardener (he was Dr. Erickson's only work/study student). He was so confused and impressed by Dr. Erickson's work, he felt compelled to spend the next several years of his career writing and teaching in an effort to make Erickson's approach more understandable and accessible. Bill then moved on to develop his own method, the Solution-Oriented Approach, a brief approach to change focused on identifying and using strengths to reach goals and overcome challenges. It has been applied with individuals, couples, families and organizations.
Bill has now authored or co-authored over 30 books. He is frequently heard to say, "Stop me before I write again!" and occasionally awakens in the middle of the night, exclaiming in frustration, "I'm having another book!" His books have been translated into 16 different languages. He has written over 50 articles or book chapters.
He hurls his body through space in a large metal tube several times a month to give talks around the world, despite the fact he hates to travel and be away from his paramour Helen, guitar, piano, favorite foods, and last but not least Rudy the cat (although some combination of those travel with him on occasion).
Always looking for a challenge, Bill now brings his ideas to a wider audience. In 1999, he appeared on Oprah with his book, Do One Thing Different: Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life. He has also appeared on The Today Show, Canada AM, and Body By Jake. His work has been featured in O Oprah's magazine, Ladies Home Journal, New Woman, Newsweek, Bottom Line, Self, Women's Health and The Psychotherapy Networker.
Bill has a bunch of professional qualifications, which matters to some people, so he'll list a few here. He:
- is a Diplomate, Board Member, Fellow and Master Therapist in the American Psychotherapy Association
- is a Lifetime Fellow of the Association for NLP (http://www.anlp.org/)
- is certified by the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists
- is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
- is a Certified Professional Counselor
- is a Licensed Mental Health Professional
- was awarded the "Outstanding Mental Health Educator of the Year" in 2001 by the New England Educational Institute
- was the top-rated presenter (out of over 200 presenters) at the AAMFT national conference several years in a row
Having been successful at getting his own message out, he is passionate about helping others get their message out. He now coaches and teaches book writing, publishing, public speaking skills and Internet marketing. He has completed his 36th book, due out in April 2014.
You can contact Bill through Possibilities/O'Hanlon and O'Hanlon,Inc. He prefers email.
Write Bill an email at Bill@billohanlon.com.
Bill is also on several social networking sites. Here's his FaceBook link.