Dr. Michele Ritterman

Specialist in Relationships
Dr. Michele Ritterman
Dr. Ritterman

Michele Ritterman, Ph.D. is a pioneer in the integration of hypnosis and family therapy. One of Milton Erickson's foremost students and the author of Using Hypnosis in Family Therapy, Dr. Ritterman is exceptionally qualified to provide hypnosis programs for relationships, parenting, and other family issues through The Hypnosis Network. She has trained thousands of psychotherapists around the world using her unique methods of working with couples and families.

Dr. Ritterman has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, and routinely runs extensive couples workshops, producing phenomenal results. Her work with families includes inductions, trance vs. medication for enhancing children's ability to concentrate, torture and trauma, and the relationship between symptoms, social justice and personal freedom.

Her numerous published papers and books on couples, time, trance-in-interaction and states of mind have been translated into three languages. She lectures around the world about clinical over/under corrections, synchronicity and reciprocity in couple's therapy.

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Education and Professional Details

  • B.S., Psychology; B.A., English, University of Wisconsin at Madison, WI
  • Secondary Education Certification, University of Wisconsin at Madison, WI
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Temple University Philadelphia, PA
  • Milton H. Erickson Foundation
  • APA American Psychological Association
  • American Family Therapy Academy
  • Ritterman, M. ( 1990). Hope Under Siege, Terror and Family Support. New Jersey: Greenleaf Publishers
  • Ritterman, M. (1983). Using Hypnosis in Family Therapy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, Inc. (Available in English, Italian and Spanish)
  • Ritterman, M. (2002). The Philosophical Position of the Ericksonian Psychotherapist. In: The Handbook of Ericksonian Psychotherapy. Edited by Geary and Zeig, Tucker and Theisen, eds. Zeig-Tucker Publishers.
  • Ritterman, M. (2001). The Centennial Year of Milton Erickson and Family Therapy. The California Therapist. July-Aug., 51-54.
  • Ritterman, M. (2000). Ten Points of Ericksonian Psychotherapy. Zeig-Tucker Publishers.
  • Ritterman, M. (1997). Paradigmatic Classification of Family Therapy Theories. Family Process, 16(1):29-49.
  • Ritterman, M. (1995). Stopping The Clock. The Family Therapy Networker, 45-5, Washington, DC.
  • Ritterman, M. (1992). Notes of a Psychology Watcher: Words that Harm, Words that Heal. Erickson Newsletter, 12(3), Autumn, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Ritterman, M. (1986). Exploring Relationships Between Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Family Therapy. In: Indirect Approaches in Therapy, de Shazer,S., ed. Rockville, MD: Aspen Publishers.
  • Ritterman, M. (1985). Family Context, Symptom Induction and Therapeutic Counterinduction: Breaking the Spell of a Dysfunctional Rapport. In: Ericksonian Psychotherapy Vol. II: Clinical Applications, Zeig, J.K., ed. New York: Brunner Mazel, Inc., 49-70.
  • Ritterman, M. (1980). Hypno-Structural Family Therapy. In: Group and Family Therapy: An Overview, Wolberg and Aronson, eds. Brunner-Mazel.
  • 1980 Recipient of an Outstanding Woman of the Year Award

Professional Experience

  • Psychologist, Private Practice, Oakland, CA
  • Therapist, Team Case and Psycho-educational Consultation Lincoln Child Center, Oakland, CA
  • Adjunct Professor, Alliant University (Formerly known as California School of Professional Psychology), Alameda, CA
  • Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
  • Head of American Family Therapy Association Interest Group on Integration of Family Therapy and Hypnosis, Oakland, CA
  • Acting Instructor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of Washington and The Children's Hospital of Seattle, Seattle, WA
  • Head of American Family Therapy Task Force on Human Rights, Oakland, CA
  • Psychologist and Head of Family Therapy Program for Kaiser, Richmond, Psychiatry Department, Oakland, CA
  • Psychological Consultant, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Adolescent Inpatient and Outpatient Units, GI Clinic, and Hematology Clinic, Philadelphia, PA
  • Psychologist, "Ericksonian Hypnotherapy in Couples Work: What's Love Got to do With It," two 10-week workshops for the Milton H. Erickson Institute of the Bay Area and for Continuing Education Credit for all Ph.D.
  • Workshop Leader, "Master Class New York" New York Milton H Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis
  • Lecturer, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences: California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA.

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