Buddy Wagner


Buddy Wagner is a National Certified Counselor and a National Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. He is a graduate of Mississippi College with a Bachelor's Degree in Latin and the University of Mississippi with a Master's Degree in Community Counseling and a PhD in Educational Psychology. He served as Director of the Counseling Center at Mississippi College from 1986 to his retirement in 2009. He continued to teach in the Counseling Psychology Graduate Program at Mississippi College to 2018. He taught Techniques in Group Counseling, Techniques in Brief Therapy and Special Studies in Hypnosis. He and his wife, Sheila, live in Clinton, Mississippi. Between them, they have five children and six grandchildren.

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
I am always humbled when someone wants to read one of my books. I always hope that my books are helpful to those who read them. Writing is enjoyable to me and it is even more enjoyable if the reader is being helped by reading what I have written. Thanks to all who read my works. I am deeply indebted to you and honored that you have chosen my books.
What are you working on next?
I have recently completed the process of updating my book, "Brief and Unusual Therapies" to make it a text book for graduate classes in Brief Therapy. I have now completed text books for all three of the classes I teach. One of my main reasons for writing is to provide inexpensive text books for students. Text books are so expensive with most of them costing $100 or more. This is ridiculous and inexcusable. There is no reason for them to be so expensive. My books are under $5 a piece, so students are not burdened with high prices. I do not presently have another writing project in mind.
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Using Bible Passages As Trance Metaphors
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,710. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Psychotherapy / counseling
This book suggests ways to use passages from the Bible as metaphors to assist clients in overcoming various issues. Topics are arranged alphabetically and are in bold print. Scripture references are in parentheses. Prior to each metaphor, there is a brief comment on how the metaphor might be used. This book is intended to be more of a reference book than a book to be read and then discarded.
Facilitating Therapy Groups
Series: Therapy Books, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 18,640. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Psychotherapy / Group
This book is an introductory text in being an effective group leader. It is designed primarily for students in graduate counseling programs and therapists who are new to facilitating therapy groups. It covers the various subjects that are important for the therapist to learn the basics of group counseling. It is clear and concise. It is not designed to be comprehensive.
The Basics of Therapeutic Hypnosis
Series: Therapy Books, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,380. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Hypnotism
This book is designed for classes to teach hypnosis and for therapists who want to learn about hypnosis. It includes discussions of all the essential elements of therapeutic hypnosis, exercises to practice these skills and examples to illustrate. The final chapter of the book discusses the treatment of chronic pain and phobias/panic attacks.
Searching For Values: A Grandfather's Way
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,090. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
A composite of stories and essays discussing various values; some are religious in nature. Written to my grandchildren to encourage them to consider these values. Could be used as discussion starters for youth or adult groups. Some thoughts are purposefully controversial to stimulate thinking. Religious folks who like to think may find this book especially enjoyable.
Brief and Unusual Therapies
Series: Therapy Books, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,510. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Psychotherapy / counseling
(5.00 from 1 review)
Designed for students in counseling programs and for therapists who want to improve their skills in brief counseling. Each chapter discusses a relevant point of brief therapy and gives a counseling example to illustrate the point. The chapters also provide questions for the reader to answer and an exercise to practice a particular skill.

Smashwords book reviews by Buddy Wagner

  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on April 30, 2012

    This is filled with good information for folks like myself who are new in the ebook publishing world. It is easy reading and is enjoyable reading. I appreciate Mark Coker's willing spirit to assist and encourage writers to publish.
  • An Uncommon Casebook: The Complete Clinical Work of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. on April 30, 2012

    I was so excited when I saw this as an ebook. I have read a number of books about or by Milton Erickson. I appreciate Bill O'Hanlon's good work in presenting a summary and description of Erickson's cases.