Your professional online source of information on Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.


up-to-date articles about Ericksonian practice and theory


transcripts of actual therapies by Erickson and other practitioners


therapeutic scripts that you can use in your practice

On this site you will find informative articles, enlightening transcripts of actual therapeutic sessions, and sample “Ericksonian” scripts upon which you can base your original scripts… recognizing, of course, that Dr. Erickson never used scripts nor would he recommend them. They are, however, a learning tool many find useful in formulating therapeutic strategies.

Steve Andreas

Steve Andreas has been learning, training, researching and developing NLP patterns for the last 30 years. He is the author of the recent two-volume book Six Blind Elephants, as well as Transforming Your Self: Becoming who you want to be, Virginia Satir: The Patterns of Her Magic, and an anthology, Is There Life Before Death. Steve is co-author, with his wife Connirae, of Heart of the Mind, and Change Your Mind - and Keep the Change, and they edited four classic books of NLP by Richard Bandler and John Grinder: Frogs into Princes, Trance-formations, Reframing, and Using Your Brain - for a CHANGE. Steve has a BS in Chemistry from Caltech, and an MA in Psychology from Brandeis University. He lives with his wife in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Boulder, Colorado. 1221 Left Hand Canyon Dr. Boulder CO 80302.

Betty Alice Erickson, MS, LPC

Betty Alice Erickson is a licensed professional counsellor, marriage and family therapist in private practice for over 25 years in Dallas, TX and International teacher of Ericksonian psychotherapy and hypnosis and is currently a LPC Supervisor.     Her previous published work includes New Lessons in Hypnosis, chapters in numerous books and articles in various professional journals which have been reprinted and translated into 7 languages. She is the co-author with Bradford Keeney, PhD, of the fantastic book,  Milton H. Erickson, MD, An American Healer, published by the Ringing Rocks Foundation.      Her awards and honors include First Bi-Annual Award: Premio Internazionale Franaco Granone Award given by the Centro Italiano di Ipnosi Clinico-Sperimentale in October 2003, Milton Erickson Gesellschraft (Institute) (MEG) Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Promoting Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy in October 2001, Honorary Member of the Swedish Society for Clinical Hypnosis, Honorary Member of the Milton Erickson Gesellschraft of Germany (MEG) and is a recipient of an honorary PH.D. in Psychological Science by the Republic of Armenia. She has been Editor, including Executive Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter for over 10 years.

Bill O'Hanlon

Bill O'Hanlon is a dynamic, inspirational professional speaker and prolific author (over 30 books so far) who helps motivate people and organizations to determine what they are meant to be doing and to remove the barriers to succeeding at those goals. 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. 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, and online marketing. He completed his 35th book, Out of the Blue: Six Non-Medication Ways to Relieve Depression, published in April 2014 and is working on his 36th and 37th books at the moment, but very lazily. You can contact Bill through Possibilities/O'Hanlon and O'Hanlon,Inc. He prefers email. Write Bill an email at

Bradford Keeney, Ph.D.

Bradford is a psychologist who taught at universities and institutes for 28 years and has written books on family therapy that have been translated into seven languages. He spends many months each year in Africa, the Amazon, the Caribbean, and American Indian reservations visiting local people and studying their traditions of healing, even being trained as a medicine man by elders of the Bushman people in Africa's Kalahari desert. Keeney believes passionately that there is much we can learn from the planet's most overlooked cultures. As "distinguished scholar of cultural studies" for the Philadelphia-based Ringing Rocks Foundation ( he visits remote communities, takes part in their celebrations and daily lives, helps them in struggles to keep their cultures vital, and brings back to the modern world information and inspiration on how we might live with more health, more happiness, and more soul. Look for his new book, "Bushman Shaman."

Dan Short

Dan Short is internationally recognized for his work in Ericksonian hypnosis and short-term therapy. He devotes most of his time to a private practice in Scottsdale, AZ, while also writing and teaching to professional audiences around the globe. Dr. Short is a member of the Graduate Faculty at Ottawa University and is affiliated with a clinic for the indigent where he volunteers as a supervisor for graduate interns. His training is diverse having graduated with a Masters in Counseling from the University of North Texas in 1993, a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; followed by an internship at an APA accredited program in Houston Texas. Dr. Short's many years of interest, research and analysis of the work of Milton H. Erickson, M.D., complemented by his recent tenure as Associate Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation and five years as Editor of the of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter make him a serious scholar on the subject of Erickson's work. Dr. Short has served as faculty for conferences hosting therapists from around the world, has published numerous professional papers on the topic of brief therapy. Dr. Short has coauthored with Roxanne Klein, Ph.D., and Betty Alice Erickson, M.S., Hope and Resiliency , which has been translated into Spanish, French, German, and Italian.Dr. Short's areas of special interest include growth-oriented brief therapy, the clinical applications of hypnosis to chronic or change resistant problems, and counseling for other health care providers. Most recently, Dan wrote this,  "There has been an important development in the world of Ericksonian therapy--leaders of the field finally came together to agree upon a set of core competencies as part of an operational definition for this approach. The results are described in a manual that I have posted on my website. Here is a link to my website, where the free, downloadable version of the manual is listed."

David Gordon

As one of the original developers of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, David Gordon has helped create and shape the field for forty years. Though he has touched virtually every aspect of NLP, his primary areas of contribution have been in using metaphors to effect change and, in particular, modeling. Modeling is his passion and has consumed most of his professional attention for the past twenty years. In that time he has developed several formats for usefully eliciting the fascinating structures that provide the foundations to the amazing variety of human experience. In addition, he has trained many thousands of people in NLP, hypnosis, therapeutic metaphor, modeling, as well as special applications within each of those areas. David has written many articles on NLP and seven books, including Therapeutic Metaphors, Phoenix: The Therapeutic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, and Know How. With his colleague, Graham Dawes, David has published two books on modeling: Expanding Your World: Modeling the Structure of Human Experience, and The Modeling Tutorial: 17 Essays on How Human Experience Works.

A library of models of experiences and abilities is available from David Gordon, Graham Dawes and other contributors who have trained extensively with them.

Doug O' Brien

Doug O'Brien is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, and a Certified Hypnotherapist. In 1988, while assisting at NLP and NAC training seminars with Anthony Robbins, Doug achieved the designation of Master Trainer. He now conducts numerous seminars of his own around the globe (specializing in the "Sleight of Mouth" patterns of Robert Dilts, NLP Certification Courses, and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy) and helped found Columbia-Presbyterian's Department of Complementary Medicine.

For training and resources in Ericksonian Hypnosis, NLP, and other, related topics, visit the website of Doug O'Brien & Associates

Gunther Weil, Ph.D.

Gunther Weil, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized organizational consultant educator and psychologist, who has for many years studied and taught with a number of leading teachers and direct lineage holders in the spiritual traditions of Gurdjieff, Taoism and Buddhism, as well as the internal arts of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong. He was the founding Chairman of the National Qigong Association. More recently, he was invited and personally approved by Eckhart Tolle, author of the best seller, "The Power of Now" to teach and facilitate the Practice of Presence.

Based on the remarkable work of Milton H. Erickson, MD, contributors include Steve Andreas, William D. Baker, Ed.D., Betty Alice Erickson, MS, LPC, David Gordon, Bradford Keeney, Ph.D., Roxanna Erickson Klein, RN, Ph.D., Dan Millman, Doug O’Brien, Daniel Short, Ph.D., David Whyte, Michael Yapko, Ph.D., and Gunther Weil, Ph.D.

These fine contributors generously provide information and sample scripts for free, as a public service, to promote the understanding of this important work. Please support them in return.

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