NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), offers powerful, gentle tools for personal change. NLP is the study of subjective experience – how you – quite uniquely – create your reality. NLP allows therapist and client to recognise the powerful, subtle processes of thought and language that hold behaviour and beliefs in place. Once known, they can be improved, or even replaced. Positive skills and states of well-being can be enhanced, and used deliberately – feeling good is no longer a matter of luck, but choice.
For example, the way someone imagines themselves can have a profound impact on their self-esteem. An internal image of themselves which is flat and dull, looking miserable, and separate from those around them, can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Brightening the image, making it glow, creating connections, perhaps making it larger, even adding a cheerful and positive soundtrack,can be the simplest way to improve self-esteem.
The changes can be done conversationally, with questions that create changes in awareness, or with tailored processes in which the client explores and changes the way in which they think.NLP is almost always done with the client fully alert. It can be used to keep an athlete or performer ‘in the zone’, improve confidence and communication, refine a business process, alter a person’s response to a trigger, or just create relaxation at will.
Trauma and phobias are particularly responsive to NLP techniques. You cannot change the past, but you can change your response to it, improving your present and future. You can learn and apply the simple principles of NLP in every area of life, to be more effective in everything you do.
Habits and patterns can be analysed using NLP techniques. Business processes, decision making, sales patterns and design flows can all be discovered, quantified, and taught in useful ways. Not only the conscious, visible elements, but the deep and subtle motivations and processes that occur effortlessly to those with talent and skill.
If someone says they ‘just’ do anything (useful OR detrimental) it means it’s outside their conscious awareness. That’s a great time to employ NLP.
Feel noticeably better after every session (your definition!) or don’t pay me for that session!
If you’re concerned about ‘therapy’ involving painful explorations of past experiences, or taking long periods of time, you’ll be delighted to know that using techniques such as NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Hypnosis, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) offer a quick, gentle and effective approach!
Much of the work can be done ‘content free’ using processes that access the experience without pain or distress. Many of my clients are delighted to find that they have spent much of their session comfortably relaxed, even laughing, discovering how easy change can be.
What a relief!