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.

Daniel Short PhD, Betty Alice Erickson MS LPC, and Roxanna Erickson Klein RN PhD

We are grateful to Crown House Publishing for giving permission to offer the excerpt from Hope and Resiliency: Understanding the Psychotherapeutic Strategies of Milton H Erickson By Dan Short, Betty Alice Erickson, Roxanna Erickson-Klein You can purchase a copy of the entire book by clicking here.

Kris Hallbom

Kris Hallbom is an internationally recognized NLP trainer, author and professional coach. She is the co-founder of the NLP Coaching Institute, and has been actively involved in the field of NLP for over 30 years. She is also the co-creator of the WealthyMind™ Program, which has been taught to live audiences in over 20 countries and has helped thousands of people create more of what they want in their lives.

Recognized for her ability to translate complex ideas into practical skills, and for her warm, approachable style, Kris has trained and coached clients throughout the world. She is the co-author of the books, Powerful Questions and Techniques for Coaches and Therapists, Innovations in NLP, and Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide. She has also produced numerous articles and videos on positive psychology, wealth consciousness and systems thinking.

Kris began studying Neuro-linguistic programming in 1987 while obtaining her degree in Psychology, and went on to become a Master Practitioner and Certified Trainer of NLP. She became a Professional Coach in 1996, and has done over five thousand of hours of professional coaching with her clients and students. She has an international array of clients, and does most of her coaching on the telephone and through Zoom. In her spare time she enjoys taking her dog on long walks, spending time with friends and family, watching beautiful sunsets; and contemplating the deeper mysteries of life, the universe and everything.

Other accomplishments include the following:
  • Keynote Speaker at the International NLP Conference in London, and has keynoted several other conferences throughout her career.
  • Featured on the front cover of both NLP Magazine and Rapport Magazine, two of the top NLP Magazines in the world. Co-Founder of the Academy for Coaching & NLP, which was the first NLP program in North America to be approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) in 2001.
  • Part of the teaching faculty for two of the most premier NLP organizations in the world, including NLP University International with Robert Dilts and the NLP Japan Learning Center.
  • Holds a university degree in Psychology and Language, and has been writing professionally for a variety of magazines, journals and newspapers since 1985.
  • Has worked and traveled to 29 countries and successfully ran an international NLP training and coaching company throughout her travels.

Michael Yapko

Michael Yapko, Ph.D. is internationally recognized for his work in the active treatment of depression, the use of clinical hypnosis and his advancement of the use of outcome-focused, short-term psychotherapy. He routinely teaches to professional audiences all over the world, having been invited to present his work in more than two dozen countries spanning six continents. Besides the many books he has authored, Dr. Yapko penned the authoritative sections of Encyclopedia Britannica's Medical and Health Annuals on "Treating Depression," "Brief Therapy" and "Clinical Hypnosis." His areas of special interest include brief therapy, the clinical applications of hypnosis and the short term treatment of major depression.

Dan Millman

Dan Millman — a former world champion athlete, Stanford University coach, martial arts instructor and Oberlin College professor — has authored 16 books published in 29 languages, including his classic, Way of the Peaceful Warrior (released as a film with Nick Nolte by Universal in 2007). A popular international speaker, Dan has influenced people from all walks of life. 

Dan’s latest book, The Hidden School, due out in June 2017, completes the peaceful warrior saga.

Learn more about his books, speaking events and online courses, audio programs and life-purpose guidance at:  

Andrew Austin

It is via his frequent writings, workshops and lectures that Andrew T. Austin is rapidly becoming known as a leading therapist emphasizing the neurological side of personal change and therapy. His seminars and workshops are sought out by NLP practitioners, hypnotherapists, trainers and psychotherapists seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills base of the neurological underpinnings of their work. As controversial as he is popular, Andrew T. Austin regularly teaches overseas including Trivandrum in South India, Warsaw in Poland, The Netherlands and New York City, USA. His therapeutic model of Integral Eye Movement Therapy has proven to be a treatment of choice amongst many therapeutic professionals and is taught internationally to therapists and trainers wishing develop their clinical practice and skill set. Austin's popular book, "The Rainbow Machine - Tales From a Neurolinguist's Journal" edited by Steve Andreas and published by Real People Press is available via Amazon and other outlets. "Andy Austin's Rainbow Machine will have you laughing, gasping in horror and awe, and wishing like hell that you lived close enough to him to get an appointment. He is the British Milton Erickson."
-Bill O'Hanlon, author of Change 101 and many other books about brief therapy.

David Whyte

Poet David Whyte grew up among the hills and valleys of Yorkshire, England. The author of five books of poetry, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many American and international companies. He holds a degree in Marine Zoology, and has traveled extensively, including working as a naturalist guide and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions. He brings this wealth of experiences to his poetry, lectures and workshops. In organizational settings, using poetry and thoughtful commentary, he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement; qualities needed if we are to respond to today's call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace. He brings a unique and important contribution to our understanding of the nature of individual and organizational change. In addition to his five volumes of poetry, David Whyte is the author of The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America, published by Doubleday/Currency, and Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity, published by Riverhead Books, an audio cassette lecture series, and an album of poetry and music. His fifth volume of poetry, Everything is Waiting for You, was published in October, 2003. He lives with his family in the Pacific Northwest. You can find more information, read poems, engage in chats about poetry and more at

Erickson: The Practical Application

We are grateful to OTC Publishing Corp ( for giving permission to offer the excerpt from The Practical Application of Medical and Dental Hypnosis by Erickson, Hershman and Secter. You can purchase a downloadable copy of the entire book by clicking here.

Robert B. Dilts

Mr. Dilts has been a developer, author, trainer and consultant in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)—a model of human behavior, learning and communication— since its creation in 1975 by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. A long time student and colleague of both Grinder and Bandler, Mr. Dilts also studied personally with Milton H. Erickson, M.D., and Gregory Bateson. In addition to spearheading the applications of NLP to education, creativity, health, and leadership, his personal contributions to the field of NLP include much of the seminal work on the NLP techniques of Strategies and Belief Systems, and the development of what has become known as ‘Systemic NLP’. Some of his techniques and models include: Reimprinting, Integration of Conflicting Beliefs, Sleight of Mouth Patterns, The Spelling Strategy, The Allergy Technique, Neuro-Logical Levels, The Belief Change Cycle, Generative NLP Patterns, the Unified Field Theory for NLP and many others.

Roxanna Erickson Klein, RN, Ph.D.

Roxanna Erickson Klein is a practicing nurse with a special interest in hospice care. She has a MS in community health nursing, and a doctorate in public administration. A member of the Board of Directors of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation for a decade, she recently devoted herself to advancing the Erickson Archives. She is the seventh of the eight children raised by Milton and Elizabeth Erickson.

Stephen Gilligan

Steven is a licensed Psychologist practicing in Encinitas, CA. Stephen was among the group of students that gathered around the founders of NLP during its formation at U.C. Santa Cruz from 1974-1977. Milton Erickson and Gregory Bateson became his teachers and mentors.

After receiving his doctorate in Psychology from Stanford University, Stephen became one of the premier teachers and practitioners of Ericksonian hypnotherapy. Motivated by his experiences as a therapist, a teacher, and by his own quest, he developed a new practice of radical awakening incorporating Ericksonian psychotherapy, Aikido, Buddhism, meditation, and the performance arts. His work, known as Self-relations Psychotherapy, reconnects mindbody processes and encourages and supports radical change. The cornerstone of Self-Relations Psychotherapy is the understandings and processes of Sponsorship. The enthusiastic acceptance of Sponsorship and Self-Sponsorship as approaches to therapy and personal change, along with Stephen's transformative presentation style, has led to speaking tours, workshops, and numerous Sponsorship groups throughout North America and Europe to which Stephen provides inspiration and supervision. Dr. Gilligan is the author of many professional articles. His books include: * Therapeutic Trances - The Cooperation Principle in Ericksonian Psychotherapy * Brief Therapy (Ed. with J. Zeig) * Therapeutic Conversations (Ed. with R. Price) * The Legacy of Milton Erickson * The Courage to Love: Principles and Practices of Self-relations Psychotherapy Visit Dr. Gilligan's website at:

William Baker, Ed.D.

DR. WILLIAM D. BAKER is the Managing Partner of VENTURE CENTRE, LLC, providing training and consultation in teambuilding and leadership development. Dr. Baker is in high demand as a Personal Results Coach, with a specialty of assisting entrepreneurs who are committed to making their business more efficient and profitable.

Dr. Baker was a graduate of the first intensive training certification conducted by John Grinder and Richard Bandler in 1979, and has worked with the Anthony Robbins Companies for nearly 19 years delivering experiential activities to complement classroom instruction. He created one of the nation's first outdoor adventure program in the field of organizational development in the mid 1970's. Dr. Baker earned Bachelors degrees in Business Administration and Economics, a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate of Education in Applied Behavioral Studies. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two daughters, and can be reached at