NLP was created by observing and modelling people who were exceptionally talented within the field of therapy. NLP stands for Neuro-linguistic programming. “Neuro” relates to the brain and “linguistic” refers to the language used, and how it is used. “Programming” describes the patterns and habits you create, learn and persistently follow. As we experience the world through our senses, the information is translated into thoughts/words. The thoughts affect our physiology, emotions and behaviour which can be heightened or dampened depending on how you use language within your own brain.

Therefore, NLP is the use of effective techniques and strategies to create changes in your thinking and communication to achieve different and better results.

More and more people are realising the value of NLP in enabling them to become more effective in their chosen field. In fact, NLP techniques and models are now being used in a diverse range of areas including education, business and human resources, sport, personal development and health.

NLP techniques enhance a variety of business activities. They are often present in courses about selling, presenting and team-building. Other applications of NLP in business include teaching people to communicate more effectively and persuasively, public speaking and presentations, detecting decision-making strategies in others, making employee training more effective by working on beliefs, practical tools for employees to achieve peak performance and boosting motivation by aligning work with values. Instant rapport.

NLP provides a model of how we communicate with ourselves and others. NLP can used in teaching to improve the ability to impart information in ways that make learning easier. For example, identifying natural learning styles, use of presuppositions and language patterns and eliciting states in learners that are congruent with learning.

NLP is used by sports coaches to aid their clients in reaching and maintaining peak performance. Interventions include modelling and learning successful strategies from leaders in sporting fields, setting performance goals and overcoming plateaus and blocks.

NLP offers a cognitive model and practical tools that can help you improve the health of yourself and others. It is becoming widely accepted within mainstream healthcare that there is a link between our thoughts, behaviour and health. NLP practitioners who choose to work within therapy can help individuals lead more satisfying lives in a number of ways.This may include, helping individuals to change limiting beliefs, habits and behaviour, facilitating people to manage states and emotions and helping individuals to find meaning in life by setting achievable well-formed goals.

Our practitioners offer proactive therapeutic sessions that are talk therapy-based similar to those you may experience with CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy), counselling or psychotherapy. However, we rely on NLP (neurolinguistic programming) as the primary modality to help our clients develop strategies to manage their thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a more helpful way.

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By Gemma Bailey