rick_speakingBRick Miller is a clinical social worker in private practice in Boston and on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. ( He has served nationally and internationally on the faculty for The International Society of Hypnosis, The Milton Erickson Foundation of South Africa, The Brief Therapy Conference, The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and The American Group Psychotherapy Association, and Harvard Medical School, and a guest lecturer at The University of Johannesburg Department of Psychology, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The curriculum Rick developed (hypnotherapy with gay men including customized scripts) is used at The Milton Erickson Institute of Mexico City, Mexico, and National Autonomous University of Mexico, also in Mexico City.

Rick’s ego-strengthening hypnosis techniques, which he has custom designed for use with gay men, focus on the unique issues of growing up and living in the world as a gay person. Drawing on his own experience as a gay man and his years of experience working therapeutically with gay men, Rick has developed a practical, holistic approach for therapists to help their gay clients experience fulfillment and happiness. His paradigm gives attention to the unique ways that gay men experience pain, their shared developmental challenges, and experiential opportunities to build comfort and alignment between mind and body. This optimal treatment mode primes therapists for helping gay clients achieve success.

These and other essential topics related to working with gay men are addressed in his book Unwrapped: Integrative Therapy With Gay Men and the Gift of Presence (Zeig, Tucker & Theisen publishers, in press, 2014).

Rick is also a contributing author to For Couples: Ten Commandments For Every Aspect Of Your Relationship Journey (Zeig,Tucker & Theisen publishers, 2012).

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Blog: Psychology Today, Unwrapped-Mind Body Wisdom and the Modern Gay Men.


I received a Master’s in Social Work in 1985 from the Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, MA. Since then, I have completed a number of postgraduate training programs, continually expanding my knowledge base in the newest and most effective treatment approaches used in the field of psychotherapy. These studies include advanced courses with some of the most highly influential teachers/practitioners worldwide.

Couples Therapy:
Terrence Real, PhD
Harville Hendrix, PhD
Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy:
Massachusetts General Hospital, Lise Motherwell, PhD

Attachment Disorders:
Daniel Brown, PhD

Clinical Hypnosis / Advanced Intensive Training:
Dan Brown, PhD
Michael Yapko, PhD
Jeffrey Zieg, PhD

Advanced Hypnosis Consultation Group:
Max Shapiro, PhD
Claire Frederick, MD

Ongoing Consultation:
Martha Stark, MD

Behavioral Medicine:
Ann Webster, PhD

Professional Affiliations:
• National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
• American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)
• Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy (NSGP)
• American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
• Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH)
• New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis (NESCH)