Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

I am registered with the British Institute of Hypnotherapy and NLP and my Diploma in NLP is based on the theories of Richard Bandler, a computer scientist and Gestalt therapist, and Dr John Grinder, a linguist and therapist, in the 1970’s.

Bandler and Grinder invented a process known as ‘modelling’ that enabled them to study three of the world’s greatest therapists: Dr Milton Erickson, father of modern hypnotherapy; Fritz Perls, creator of Gestalt therapy; and Virginia Satir, the mother of modern-day family therapy. They wanted to know what made these therapists effective and to train others in their methods.

Neuro Linguistic Programming integrates the best tools from the most highly effective fields of Psychotherapy.

So what does Neuro Linguistic Programming actually mean?

‘Neuro’, Latin for nerve, refers to the way we gather information from the outside world with our five senses. ‘Linguistic’, the study of language, refers to the way we make sense of that information by organising it into the structure of language.

‘Programming’ is a way of controlling something. In many cases it refers to the way our interpretations of the world, control our actions, choices and behaviours in day-to-day life.

What is NLP?

NLP is a key technique that features throughout my work and focuses on the fascinating science of the mind and the body connection.

The core principles of NLP have many uses in effective learning and communication of all kinds, and although originally being developed as a highly effective form of Psychotherapy it has valid applications for Business, Leadership, Education, Coaching and Personal Development.

NLP has also been utilised with amazing results for Health issues, via the brain’s influence on the mind and on the physiology of the rest of the body – commonly referred to as the Mind/Body Connection.

Neuro Linguistic Programming fundamentally works with the principles of Neuroscience, which explain how Neural Pathways in the brain communicate messages to the mind and the body. At the heart of NLP is the principle that the human brain is brilliant at learning patterns/ behaviours/ habits (which in NLP we call ‘programmes’).

Now whilst the brain is brilliant at learning, it is also indiscriminate. Hence some of the ‘programmes’ (patterns/behaviours/ habits) it has become genius at learning actually cause our problems or issues, keep us stuck and hold us back from our true potential, or the way we would prefer to be!

Interestingly, a lot of these ‘programmes’ are so well learnt and installed, that they operate outside of our day to day conscious awareness, i.e. that is we run these patterns unconsciously. This explains how we so often we get frustrated by our own inner conflict.

How often have you asked yourself “Why do/did I do that?”

On the one hand we know consciously that we want to change, but on the other something just seems to get in the way, or make it into a battle of willpower.

Some everyday examples:
•    Wanting to be slimmer and healthier but bingeing on cakes and biscuits
•    Knowing it is unhealthy to smoke, wanting to stop smoking but still giving in to that internal battle for a cigarette
•    Realising it`s important to be confident for that interview or presentation, but going to pieces when the time comes
•    Hating the fact that you are anxious or fearful, knowing it is not productive, but still being ‘locked in’ to the same old pattern.

So how does NLP work?

Neuro Linguistic Programming works by de-stabilising those unwanted and frustrating ‘programmes’ in your brain, the ones which are causing problems for you.

So anything that the brain has learnt, that is no longer useful, can be ‘un-learnt’. More importantly NLP builds new, positive patterns in the brain, which bring about positive thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Contrary to popular belief the brain is not like a circuit board, that when something has been soldered into place that’s it it’s there “It’s the way I am” “It’s in my genes/make-up”, anything learnt can be un-learned.

This process is called ‘Neural Plasticity’, meaning that instead of our brains being static lumps of matter, which deliver genetically programmed instructions to the mind and the body, our brains are actually able to be moulded and shaped.

We are in charge of shaping our brains, hence we can also be in charge of re-designing our thought patterns, feelings, responses and ultimately our behaviours.

NLP teaches us that by changing how we make sense of the world, we can then adjust our behaviours and actions in order to make the most of ourselves and our lives.

Wow – How liberating! In changing your thinking, you can begin the steps to changing your life.

Language is a very important tool in NLP, identifying certain uses of language will be one aspect I will utilise to assist in identifying and working through problem/issue areas.

As a skilled NLP Practitioner I will design and use language in a very powerful way that is highly creative and bespoke to you.

The language will communicate and influence at both a conscious and an unconscious level, guiding you to more positive Neural Pathways, making change easy and natural for you.

‘Finding life’s balance’ and doing the things we want to do in life may at times seem impossible. Maybe the opportunities never arise, maybe obligations and responsibilities hold us back, maybe practicalities always stop us at the last moment.

A lifetime of routine and habit can make it difficult to break out of the familiar comfort-zone that so many of us slip into without even knowing it.

By using NLP and the many and various processes available to me I will assist you in realising that more often than not, it’s not the world or our busy lifestyles holding us back – it’s ourselves.