NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)
What does NLP stand for? : NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming. It is a modern science used in therapy as well as in the business world. It is the practice of understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour.
NLP combined with Hypnotherapy : NLP combined with hypnotherapy techniques can be a powerful tool. The hypnotherapist’s aim is to induce a relaxed and receptive state in their patient in order to open up and access the unconscious mind. Many of the obstacles that prohibit or limit a person’s experiences are deeply embedded in the unconscious. Hypnotherapists can work towards changing their patients’ restrictive thought processes and make room for positive development. They do so by accessing the patient’s thought process that usually remains hidden, by using positive language patterns.
Why is NLP different to hypnosis? : NLP differs from traditional hypnosis in that a formal trance is not required. The client is led through a sequence of empowering NLP methods and techniques in order to adapt the structure of their mind to achieve positive change which fits very well alongside the hypnotherapy.
How does NLP work? : A key element of NLP is that we form our unique internal mental maps of the world around us by the way we filter and perceive information absorbed through our five senses (sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing).
NLP is the study of patterns in behaviour. It’s about ‘how you do’ and ‘what you do’. Once we understand “What you do” we can change elements of behaviours to produce more beneficial behaviours, thought patterns and feelings etc.
NLP includes visualisation techniques, adapting the way in which your mind perceives the world to create positive change in a short period of time. It can install new skills, behaviours and habits. NLP can also help to detach from painful and unwanted memories if applicable. The result is ultimately empowering.
NLP the three elements :
Neuro: Refers to the mind. All of our experience is gained from the neurological processes that govern our five senses: taste, touch, smell, sight and sound.
Linguistic: Refers to communication. We make sense of these experiences through a set of filters, including language. The language we use can also affect the way we experience things.
Programming: Programming refers to behaviour and how we run out lives through repetition and habit. Programming is a way of controlling the outcome of something. Using NLP, one can predetermine excellence by adjusting the language we use.
Where does NLP come from? : NLP began its’ life in 1972, formulated by John Grinder, the then Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, and Richard Bandler, an undergraduate psychology student. Both men had a fascination with human excellence, which charted a path for them to model behavioural patterns of 3 geniuses in the field of therapy.
- Milton Erickson – a world famous hypnotherapist.
- Fritz Perls – the famous German psychotherapist who developed Gestalt therapy.
- Virginia Satir – the therapist widely regarded as the ‘Mother of Family Therapy’.