Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Is a method of influencing brain behaviour (the “neuro” part of the phrase) through the use of language (the “linguistic” part) and other types of non-verbal communication to enable a person to “recode” the way the brain responds to stimuli (that’s the “programming”) and manifest new and better behaviours. Neuro-Linguistic Programming often incorporates hypnosis and self-hypnosis to help achieve the change (or “programming”) that is wanted.
NLP began in the early 70’s as a thesis project in Santa Cruz, California. Richard Bandler and his professor, John Grinder, wanted to develop models of human behaviour to understand why certain people seemed to be excellent at what they did, while others found the same tasks challenging or nearly impossible to do.
Inspired by pioneers in fields of therapy and personal growth and development, Bandler and Grinder began to develop systematic procedures and theories that formed the basis of NLP. They studied three top therapists: Virginia Satir, the extraordinary family therapist, who consistently was able to resolve difficult family relationships that many other therapists found intractable, the innovative psychotherapist Fritz Perls, who originated the school of therapy known as Gestalt, and Milton Erickson, the world-famous hypnotherapist.
Their goal was to develop models of how these people got the results they did. They sought to identify and model the patterns that produced these results and then to teach these models to others. These three gifted therapists were quite different personalities, yet Grinder and Bandler discovered some underlying patterns that were quite similar. These patterns became the underlying structure of NLP.
NLP practitioners often refer to themselves as ‘Life Coaches’, as the techniques used are highly effective in coaching people in order to achieve their true potential and life goals.
NLP methods and insights can be used to be more in charge of your thoughts and feelings.
… and to run your own life more successfully.
… and to communicate with other people much more effectively.
NLP is an ever-growing collection of information and insights into how we human beings function. This is backed up by a huge range of mental NLP techniques that can enable us to improve how we think, behave and feel.
A typical NLP session will last around an hour. Clients typically sign up for a six month course of weekly or fortnightly sessions.