Contributed by Steve Andreas

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The Playful Therapist

7 Clinicians Share Their Best Strategies

In this collection, master therapists share how they’ve used humor in ways that both enliven and enrich the work of therapy. Read more

VIDEO: Steve Andreas on Heading Off Resistance

What to Do in the Very First Session

When both client and therapist are unclear about the source of resistance, it can bring treatment to a halt. Renowned therapist Steve Andreas believes that... Read more

Five Strategies for When Therapy is Stuck

Bypassing the Limits of Feelings, Judgments, and Language

When therapy goes wrong, it’s typically because we’ve entered our clients’ trance, joining them in their myopic misery. Therapy typically hangs on your... Read more

Adjusting the Unconscious

Making Quick Work of Lasting Change

Some claim that much of psychotherapy is a pseudoscience, promising far more than it can deliver, with lengthy, expensive interventions for the common problems... Read more

Case Study June 30, 2016

Upgrading the Software

A One-Session Cure for An Obnoxious Habit

Sometimes there’s no need for a detailed assessment of a client’s entire life history and their family relationships, especially when the desired outcome... Read more

In Consultation March 8, 2016

Detoxifying Criticism

How to Help Clients Gain Perspective

An innovative way of working with people who are hypersensitive to criticism. Read more

Solutions for Moving Beyond the Therapeutic Impasse

Three Strategies for Making Progress with Stuck Clients

When clients get immersed in their problems, they often suffer from a kind of tunnel vision, focused on a small range of experiences, with their bad feelings... Read more

Case Study July 11, 2014

Letting Go of Hate

How to help clients change unconscious responses

Many well-intentioned therapists have suggested that their clients just “let go” of hate, as if it were a heavy load that they could simply drop to the... Read more

VIDEO: Single-Session Cures with Anxiety Problems

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

When it comes to understanding your clients’ inner world, words can only go so far. Clients can use words to tell you what they’re conscious of (“My... Read more

Making Creativity in the Consulting Room Productive

Steve Andreas on the Clinical Mastery of Virginia Satir

What does inventive therapy look like? We often overlook that for all skilled therapists, there are well-established patterns and techniques underlying even... Read more

Therapy Isn't Brain Science

Knowledge Doesn’t Replace Clinical Skill

Therapists were doing helpful work long before neuroscience made its official debut and the field developed a collective case of “brain fever.” In fact, at... Read more

Breaking The Spell

7 Questions to Ask When Therapy is Stuck

When therapy goes wrong, it’s typically because we’ve entered our clients’ trance, joining them in their myopic misery. Once there, our job is to break... Read more

In Consultation January 1, 2013

Therapy’s Nonverbal Dance

Are You in Step with Your Clients?

Noticing a client’s nonverbal shifts isn’t enough. You must know what these shifts mean. Read more

Case Study November 6, 2012

Being Meryl Streep

Learning to Distinguish Behavior from Identity

A therapist uses a Hollywood analogy to help a client learn an important lesson about distinguishing behavior from identity. Read more

Case Study July 1, 2012

The Anatomy of Self-Hatred

Learning to Love Our Loathed "Selves"

With stalemated cases in which the task of self-acceptance feels impossible, the therapist needs to offer more than compassion and encouragement. Read more

Case Study March 1, 2012

Often clients come to therapy to resolve ambivalence or because they can’t make up their minds. But sometimes, the problem is that they’re too certain... Read more

Case Study November 1, 2011

The Five “A’s” of Transformation

The Enneagram as a Clinical Tool

The Enneagram and the 5 A’s of transformation. Read more

Case Study November 1, 2007

How Clients 'Do' Their Problems

NLP Can Help You Do the "Briefest" Therapy

Careful attention to body language and nonverbal cues can dramatically streamline the process of therapeutic change. Read more

Steve Andreas

Steve Andreas, MA, was a developer of NLP methods and the author of Six Blind Elephants, Transforming Your Self, and Virginia Satir: the Patterns of Her Magic. He was coauthor, with his wife Connirae, of Heart of the Mind and Change Your Mind—and Keep the Change.