Neuro Linguistic Programming
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) was established in the 1970’s by a University Professor, John Grinder and an undergraduate, Richard Bandler.
This curious duo observed that we gather information from the outside world using our five senses (nerves) and create a mental map about our experiences. This influences the way we think, feel, react, talk and control (programme) our daily actions, choices, mood and behaviour.
NLP is a powerful form of personal development. It involves techniques that help you access your mental maps, breakdown or untangle your beliefs and re-programme your language, habits, thoughts and behaviour to support you in achieving your goals.
What are the benefits of NLP?
Neuro Linguistic Programming is a form of life coaching which can be applied to personal development, relationships or business. It helps you uncover the next step in your life or career. NLP is a great choice if you are ‘stuck in a rut’, lack confidence, have low self-esteem or are simply scared of failure.
Practitioners read how you communicate unconsciously by observing your tone, facial expressions, body language and the type of words you use. From this, they translate how you are feeling about certain situations and experiences.
Neuro Linguistic Programming helps influence your sense of well-being by helping you observe negative thought processes. You become open to new opportunities and widen your perceptions – glass half full rather than half empty.
NLP is a useful tool if you are experiencing confidence issues, depression, stress, anxiety, fear, phobias and troubled relationships. It can also assist with team building, public speaking, improving communication and learning how to express what you truly feel.
What should I expect from a typical NLP appointment?
Neuro Linguistic Programming coaching sessions follow the same structure. Initially, you’ll be asked what you want to achieve and this helps to form your goals. You’ll discuss your fears, anxieties, concerns, thoughts, feelings and relationship dynamics that could be holding you back.
Your NLP coach will run through some thought-provoking exercises to help reveal the mind maps that are actively preventing you from moving forward. During the session the NLP practitioner uses techniques that create neurological changes converting your negative thought processes into positive solutions and future possibilities.
You could also be given a set of exercises to practice at home to reinforce your progress.
How do I find an NLP Practitioner that suits me?
Firstly, check that the practitioner you are interested in specialises in the area of support that you require.
NLP is all about language and communication so it’s essential that you find an NLP therapist that you have a good rapport with and feel comfortable to freely and openly talk about your fears, concerns, anxieties and past experiences.
Recommendations from friends and colleagues are always welcomed but it’s worth having an introductory phone, Skype or face-to-face chat to determine if you are a good client-therapist match.
NLP practitioners registered with the ANLP (Association for NLP), A.I.P (Association for Integrative Psychology) and The Professional Guild of NLP have credible qualifications, are committed to continual professional development and adhere to a code of conduct.