Steve Andreas

(formerly John O. Stevens)

1221 Left Hand Canyon Dr.
Boulder, Colorado 80302
(303) 442-2902
e-mail:[email protected]


1961: M.A. in Psychology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.
1957: B.S. in Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.


1980: Certified Trainer in Neuro-Linguistic Programming
1964: State of California Standard Lifetime Teaching Credential with Specialization in Junior College Teaching (Psychology and Chemistry).


1978-present: Trainer, Consultant and Developer in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Co-founder of NLP Comprehensive.
1967-present: Owner and Editor of Real People Press, a small publishing company featuring books in new areas of psychology and personal change. Current authors include Richard BandlerJohn GrinderMichael Colgrass, Eloise Ristad, Wilson Van Dusen, Leslie Cameron-Bandler, David Gordon, Michael Lebeau. Past authors have included Fritz Perls, Barry Stevens, Carl Rogers, Eugene Gendlin, John Shlien.
1968-77: Gestalt Therapist, Group Leader and Trainer.
1962-70: Instructor in Psychology, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA.
1962: Analytical Chemist, U.S. Bureau of Mines, Berkeley, CA.
1961-62: Ink Chemist, California Ink Co. Berkeley, CA.
1957-58: Polymer Chemist, Shell Chemical Corp. Torrance, CA.

Books Authored:

(Most are available from Real People Press or NLP Comprehensive.)
  1. Transforming Negative Self-Talk: practical, effective exercises. W. W. Norton (July 2012)
    Also available from Transforming Negative Self-Talk
    Volume 2 is entitled Help with Negative Self Talk, vol 2, available as an eBook download from Real People Press.
  2. Six Blind Elephants : understanding ourselves and each other,
    volume 1 & 2
    Read Excerpts from Vol.I

    Read Excerpts from Vol. II

  3. Heart of the Mind: Engaging Your Inner Power to Change with Neuro-Linguistic Programming. (co-authored with Connirae Andreas) (1989)
    A unique introduction to the field of NLP, with 21 chapters featuring key methods that make this field applicable to many areas of personal growth and effectiveness. Includes examples and outlines for each method.

  4. Change Your Mind–and Keep the Change. (co-authored with Connirae Andreas) (1987)
    Advanced interventions including methods for dissolving compulsions, overcoming unwanted habits, working with Beliefs and Values, plus original work on Personal Timelines.

  5. Transforming Your Self: becoming who you want to be. (2002)
    Explores the basis for our self-concept, how it can support our life goals, plus a section on boundaries.

  6. Virginia Satir: The Patterns of Her Magic. (1991)

  7. NLP 24-Day Practitioner Certification Trainer’s Manual. (co-authored with Connirae Andreas) (1986)

  8. Is There Life Before Death (1995) Anthology of meaningful stories and poems.

  9. Awareness: exploring, experimenting, experiencing. (Gestalt awareness Exercises) (1970)

Books Edited

(Most are available from Real People Press, or NLP Comprehensive.)

The Rainbow Machine, by Andrew T. Austin.


NLP: the New Technology of Achievement, ed. by Steve Andreas & Charles Faulkner, with additional authors, Tim Hallbom, Suzi Smith, Robert McDonald.

Returning to the Source, by Wilson Van Dusen

Core Transformation, by Connirae Andreas & Tamara Andreas.

A 10-step method that uses our limitations as the doorway to profound states of being people describe as “Inner Peace”, “Love” or “Oneness.”

Using Your Brain–for a Change,by Richard Bandler. (co-edited with Connirae Andreas)

Reframing:Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the Transformation of Meaning,by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. (co-edited with Connirae Andreas)

 A Soprano on Her Head, by Eloise Ristad

Frogs into Princes: Neuro-Linguistic Programming,by Richard Bandler and John Grinder.

Windows to Our Children: a gestalt therapy approach to children and adolescents, by Violet Oaklander.

Gestalt Is, by Fritz Perls, Wilson Van Dusen, and others. (includes three contributions by Steve Andreas).

Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain, the Essence of T’ai Chi,by Al Chung-Liang Huang

Notes to Myself, by Hugh Prather

Gestalt Therapy Verbatim, by Frederick S. Perls.

In and Out the Garbage Pail, by Frederick S. Perls.

Person to Person: The Problem of Being Human,by Carl R. Rogers and Barry Stevens.


(Most are available from Real People Press, or NLP Comprehensive.)

“The Decision Destroyer”—Verbatim transcript of audiotaped demonstration and training in this pattern developed by Richard Bandler and presented by Steve Andreas.

“Case Studies: How Clients ‘Do’ Their Problems—NLP can help you do the ‘briefest’ therapy,” by Steve Andreas. Psychotherapy Networker, November/December, 2007, pp. 63-67

The Emperor’s New Prose.” The Model Magazine, Fall, 2006
Modeling Modeling” The Model Magazine, Spring, 2006

Turning Refuseniks into Customers: therapy with involuntary clients.” The Psychotherapy Networker, March/April, 2005, pp.23-25.

Creating an Intense Response ‘The Therapeutic Trauma‘” Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, Vol. 24, No. 2, Summer 2004, p. 6.
” Breakthroughs and Meltthroughs” Anchor  Point, Vol. 18, No. 2. pp.25-43
” Escaping the “Black Hole” of Judgement” NLP World, Vol. 18, No. 1, Spring, 2004 pp. 13-17
Nonverbal (Contextual) Implication” Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, Vol. 24, No. 1, Spring 2004.

Whispering in the Wind“, Carmen Bostic St. Clair and John Grinder book review, Anchor Point, Vol. 17, No. 3 p. 3 March 2003
Verbal Implication” Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter, Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring 2003, p.14.
Virginia Satir’s Flexibility” Anchor Point, Vol. 17, No. 2, February.

Shame” Anchor Point, Vol. 16, No. 3, March, p.17 – 29.
” Resolving Grief” Anchor Point, Vol. 16, No. 2 February.
Not Self” Anchor Point, Vol. 16, No. 1 January, pp. 15-21.

Building Self-concept” Anchor Point, Vol. 15, No. 7, July, pp. 4-13.
Perspective Patterns” Anchor Point, Vol. 15, No. 4 May, pp. 5-18.
Memory Bank” Anchor Point, Vol. 15, No. 2, February, pp.32-33.
Modal Operators” Anchor Point, Vol. 15, No. 1, January, pp.19-26.

Understanding Comics: the invisible art” (Review) Anchor Point, Vol. 14, No. 12, December, pp. 48-49.
Certainty and Uncertainty” Anchor Point, Vol. 14, No. 10, October, pp. 3-8.
“Breaking Patterns of Depression: Hypnosis and Building Resources” (Videotape) Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D. Review. Anchor Point, Vol. 14, No. 9, September, pp. 40-44.
Looking Backward (at a few of the bends and dips in the road)” Rapport (UK) Summer.
Use Your Buts well” Canadian Assn. of NLP (online)
Selecting a Resource to Anchor” Anchor Point, July 2000, Vol. 14, No. 7, pp. 3-8
Enlarging the Frame” Anchor Point, Vol. 14, No. 6, June, pp. 46-47
NLP Practitioners Doing Therapy” Anchor Point, Vol. 14, No. 6, June, pp. 26-27
Modal Operators” Anchor Point, January, Vol. 14, No.1 pp. 27-28
Gaining Additional Perspectives in Relationships” chapter in Favorite Counseling and Therapy Homework Assignments: 56 therapists share their most creative strategies. Howard Rosenthal, Ed. Accelerated Development/Taylor & Francis, Philadelphia, PA (in press).

The Kinesthetic Swish” Anchor Point, Vol. 13, No. 11, November, pp.32-
“What Makes a good NLPer?” Anchor Point,Vol. 13, No. 10, October, p. 3.
Forgiveness” Anchor Point, Vol. 13, No. 5, May, pp. 5-16
Practical Spirituality” Anchor Point,Vol. 13, No. 7, July, p. 21.
“Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP): Changing Points of View” The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, Vol. 7, No. 1, January, p. 22.

Modeling With NLP.” Rapport: The Magazine for Neuro-Linguistic Programming (UK) Winter No. 46, p. 7
“Grief” chapter in Favorite Counseling and Therapy Techniques, 51 therapists share their most creative strategies. Howard Rosenthal, Ed. Accelerated Development/Taylor & Francis, Philadelphia, PA
Do You Feel What I Feel?” Anchor Point,Vol. 12, No.7, July, p. 34.
Scheduling Unconscious Responses” Anchor Point,Vol. No. 7, July, p. 49.
It’s Just Not Fair” (L) Anchor Point, Vol. 12, N0, 3, March, p. 43.

“Neuro-Linguistic Programming” Chapter in The First Session of Brief Therapy,edited by Budman, Hoyt, and Friedman.
“The Power of Presuppositions.” Family Therapy Networker May/June

“Aligning Perceptual Positions: A New Distinction in NLP” by Connirae Andreas and Tamara Andreas. Anchor Point,Vol 5 No 2, February, pp. 1-6.
“A Brief History of Timelines” The Vak,Volume X, No. 1, Winter 1991-92, p. 1.

“Briefer than Brief: A Methodical approach to spontaneous change.” Family Therapy Networker Mar/Apr 1990, p. 37. (co-authored with Connirae Andreas.)

“The True Genius of Virginia Satir.” Family Therapy Networker Jan./Feb.

A Consumer’s Guide to Good Training” NLP Comprehensive.

“A Strategy for Responding to Criticism.” National Association of Neuro-Linguistic Programming Newsletter, 1985. (co-authored with Connirae Andreas.)

“Neuro-Linguistic Programming: A New Technology for Training.” Performance and Instruction Journal. Vol XXI, No. 5, June, 1982, p. 37. (co-authored with Connirae Andreas.)

“Gestalt Therapy” (pp. 247-252) and “Neuro-Linguistic Programming” (pp. 423-425) The Psychotherapy Handbook, by Richie Herink. New American Library.

“Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Gestalt.” Gestalt Journal,Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 84-88.

Determinism: Prerequisite for a Meaningful Freedom.” Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry.Vol. 7, No. 3.

DVD’s & Videotapes

Steve has recently produced a series of NLP Client Session DVDs. These are especially designed for coaches & therapists, who can observe first hand how Steve runs a coaching session beginning with any issue, and adeptly moves through the coaching process toward the client’s life goals. These sessions are also especially beneficial for individuals wanting similar changes in their own lives. Go to to see the most current list of sessions.
The following DVD and videotapes demonstrating NLP change patterns were co-produced with Connirae Andreas:
(Most are available from NLP Comprehensive or Real People Press.)

“Core Transformation—the Full 3-Day Workshop” (a Complete training of Core Transformation, Aligning Perceptual Positions, & Parental Timeline Reimprinting.)

Resolving Shame” (Live demonstration recorded at the Milton Erickson Brief Therapy Conference)

“Resolving Grief” (Live demonstration recorded at the Milton Erickson Brief Therapy Conference)

“Diffusing Reflexive Anger” (the Forgiveness Pattern) Client interview with introduction and follow-up commentary.

Eliminating a Compulsion” (Live demonstration recorded at the Milton Erickson Brief Therapy Conference).

“NLP Eye Movement Integration” (Demonstration with a Vietnam Veteran recorded at the Milton Erickson Brief Therapy Conference).

“Building Self-Concept”

“Positive Parenting”
“Changing Timelines”

“Eliminating Compulsions”

“Aligning Perceptual Positions”
“Resolving Shame”
“Parental Timeline Reimprinting”

“Six-Step Reframing”
“Resolving Grief”
“Making Core Changes”

“Shifting the Importance of Criteria”
“A Strategy for Responding to Criticism”
“The Last Straw’ Threshold Pattern”

“The Swish Pattern”

“The Fast Phobia/Trauma Cure”
“Changing Beliefs”
“Future-Pacing: Programming Yourself to Remember Later”

CD’s & Audiotapes

(Most are available from NLP Comprehensive, or Real People Press.)
The following CD’s & audiotapes were co-produced with Connirae Andreas
“Recreating Yourself”

“Spirituality in NLP”

“Successful Parenting”
“The Aligned Self”
“Advanced Language Patterns”
“Language Patterns for Change”

“The Forgiveness Pattern”

“Introducing NLP”
“Using Your Brain—for a Change”
“The DecisionDestroyer”

Steve has a listing on Wikipedia, with mostly correct information:


For the last five years, Steve has been collecting the art of the early Colorado Landscape Painter, Charles Partridge Adams. More recently he has been studying and documenting his paintings (both oils and watercolors) for an eventual catalog raisonne.

For more information about this, see: