Articles by Dan Short

Dr. Dan Short is most well-known for his scholarly work in Ericksonian hypnosis and short-term therapy. He is the lead author of Hope and Resiliency, a book for professional care providers that has received world-wide attention. After revealing the core strategies underlying the work of a therapeutic genius, Short turned his attention to research on the most essential element for any successful therapy endeavor (i.e., the therapeutic relationship). His most recent book is Transformational Relationships. Dr. Short has served as faculty for conferences hosting therapists from around the world, he has supervised the training of doctoral interns, and has published numerous professional papers. Dr. Short maintains a private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona where he continues to learn from those who seek his help. For more information about Dr. Short, visit his website at IamDrShort.com.
 

The Trans-Mental and Trans-Temporal Problem Solver

Thursday, December 15th, 2016
I just recently delivered a talk at the 2016 Brief Therapy Conference in San Diego and made a promise to my audience that I would send a one page summary of the talk and attach a link to the slides, which can be found at my ...
 

Can You Be Like Erickson?

Saturday, October 15th, 2016
[caption id="attachment_509" align="alignright" width="150"]Milton H. Erickson, MD Milton H. Erickson, MD[/caption] For my keynote address at the Erickson Congress in Puerto Vallarta, I shared a memorable experience when I was confronted with the urgent needs of a former patient of Milton Erickson. The man was experiencing a full-blown ...
 

Why not fix all of your problems?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
tulips-175605__180 During my earliest days of studying Milton Erickson's work, there were many fascinating premises which I could not understand. One of these was his warning that you need to leave some small component of the clinical problem in place. In other words, it is a mistake ...
 

Is Hypnosis Compatible with Non-Directive Process Work?

Monday, February 8th, 2016
Anxiety_2015 Video2Throughout life, we find ourselves forced to make choices, “Do I choose A, or do I choose B?” And in most instances, it is a false dilemma. Dichotomous reasoning leads us to think, “If I do one, I cannot do the other.” Yet, often, we ...
 

Altering Mindsets in Addition to Altering States of Consciousness

Monday, September 14th, 2015
[caption id="attachment_460" align="alignright" width="209"]silo-windows Tunnels & Windows[/caption] Those who use hypnosis for clinical problem solving are often trained in the observation and management of states of consciousness. While changes in consciousness can help produce new opportunities for learning and performance on therapeutic tasks, it is a change in mindset that governs ...
 

Why So Many Tattoos?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Freud There are three kinds of people in the world: those who would never get a tattoo, those who after a couple glasses of wine in an artsy district say to themselves, "What the heck," and then there are those who LOVE tattoos!
 

Use-Oriented Thinking

Friday, August 9th, 2013
tunnelThere is a type of thinking that is so deeply ingrained within Western culture that it seems the only way to think. In science-based education we are taught to advance toward defined outcomes by means of goal-oriented thinking.  This type of thinking is a skill that enables us to improve our circumstances by setting goals, measuring progress and evaluating outcomes.
 

Therapy Beginnings and Endings

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
handA universal tendency, found in every culture on earth, is to develop carefully prescribed rituals for coming and going. Why? Because beginnings and endings are extremely important to relationships. The way we are greeted sets the tone for everything else that will follow during a limited period ...
 

Doing versus Being

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
lunchAnyone who has ever studied a foreign language, knows that with new vocabulary comes new ways of seeing and understanding the world. As an example, if you ask a German to describe a suspension bridge, he is likely to say it is a thing of beauty. However, ...
 

Emotional Democracy or Dictatorship?

Monday, May 6th, 2013
wire_fenceWhen I talk about the ability to choose an emotional response, this idea is sometimes mistaken for a compulsory task. As one person said, “I have already tried that. Growing up, my father would often say, ‘Force yourself to have a good time,’ and I am sick of hearing that because it does not work!” For this person, there was no freedom of expression.