Neuro Linguistic Programming

What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

“It’s a set of tools to deal with the blocks – that we’ve all created – to simply being who we really are.”
(Tony Robbins)

Neuro-linguistics is the study of the neural mechanisms in the human brain that control the comprehension, production, and acquisition of language.

NLP stands for ‘Neuro Linguistic Programming‘. NLP looks at the way in which we think, store and process our thoughts (Neuro), the language patterns we use (Linguistic) and our behaviours (Programming) and how these interact to have a positive (or negative) effect on us as individuals.

NLP officially began in the early 1970’s and the following great minds were accredited with developing and promoting it:

John Grinder: Originally an assistant of a professor of linguistics at the University of California.

Richard Bandler: Who holds a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of California.

Fritz Perls: Innovative psychotherapist and originator of the school of therapy known as Gestalt.

Virginia Satir: Family therapist.

Milton Erikson: Internationally acclaimed hypnotherapist.

These founders studied the best, most effective methods by modelling therapists and psychotherapists known to excel as the leaders in their field, and created an extensive set of tools and techniques which can be used to facilitate powerful, quick and long-lasting change in both individuals and organisations.

Simply put, it is a collection of a wide range of methods and models, which create an understanding of thought process and behaviour, along with an opportunity for desired change.

These methods, models, and tools originate from a process called modelling which remains the fundamental premise of what NLP is all about; the study of the subjective experience and the pursuit of excellence. This may all sound a bit ‘wordy’ but is basically looking at the process behind how and what we do.

NLP’s popularity has grown rapidly within the coaching and therapy fields and is frequently referred to the “instruction manual for your mind” as it focuses on ‘how’ we do things and the way we store our experiences in our mind. By understanding how we create our experiences we can then choose to enhance or change them to bring about positive changes as well as modelling others that already excel in the area we wish to change.

Philosophy of NLP

Fundamental to the philosophy of NLP is the importance of process over content. Most approaches to almost any subject are primarily invested in content even though the process is taken into consideration. NLP at its core is interested primarily in process.

The content is only helpful in that it helps to determine the context in which processes occur. Focusing on process is what has led to all the NLP techniques and it is what makes NLP so powerful.

Another key aspect to the philosophy of NLP is that the answer to the question “why” is unimportant. You might be wondering why. Because of the focus on process and on the outcomes, it is considered more important to focus on what you want rather than on why you created what you didn’t want.

Knowing why, also doesn’t necessarily equip anyone to go create what they want. The big shift here is all about what thoughts you hold in your mind and where your focus is.

NLP believes that what you focus on is what you get………

How does it work?

Most of our thoughts and behaviours do not come from our awareness, they come from our unconscious mind. We use a wide range of methods and models working with the conscious and unconscious mind to establish how your thoughts, behaviours, values and beliefs keep you within your current situation.

We can then rapidly change whatever we need to bring about a positive change in your life, increase self-awareness, improve communication and change outdated patterns of behaviour. NLP is practical and extremely effective with rapid results.

How can it help me and does it work?

NLP has a strategy and technique to help with almost everything. Whether you have beliefs that are limiting you…. want to be more successful but don’t know how…..want to rid yourself of low mood, anxiety or phobias…. want to communicate more effectively… wish to work through relationship issues… and so much more, NLP can help.

I use NLP in conjunction with other methods for the best results, dependent upon the change you are looking for. One thing is for sure, it works, if you’re prepared to make the change.

NLP has a whole range of simple techniques that are fun, interactive and effective. I will start by exploring what you want to achieve, and what you are ‘doing’ currently that stops you having what you want, and then I can apply the most appropriate technique to bring about your desired change.

Is it safe?

Yes, it is totally safe. My highest priority is safety and ethical practice in everything I do.

Am I in control?

Absolutely. I understand this might be a concern for you. You can be assured that everything we do in our sessions is in line with your outcome, is with your permission and is within your full control. The changes only ever come from within you, in line with what you want, so you have all the power! I am just your guide and assist you in facilitating the processes.

Is it for me?

We all have different beliefs and want different things from a coaching experience. I understand that you may have never heard of NLP before and it can sound a bit puzzling to start with!

I will use advanced techniques that work with your conscious and unconscious mind to ensure long-term lasting change and the best results come from having an open and curious mind excited at the idea of the learnings and insights it will bring you.

I will never ask you to do something without your permission, although do expect me to stretch you and push the boundaries of your comfort zone to help you reach your desired outcome. That is my job!

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