There are many different ways to explain what NLP is. The long name for it is Neuro Linguist Programing which highlights the three parts of the human communication process which it addresses. Created in the 1970’s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, NLP sought to integrate the best tools from the most highly effective fields of Psychotherapy.
NLP utilises the principles of Neuroscience, which explain how the brain contains Neural Pathways that communicate messages to the mind and body. It works with the belief that the human brain is superb at learning patterns, which in NLP is referred to as ‘programmes’. Although the brain has the capacity to learn multiple patterns efficiently, it is also indiscriminate and many of these well-learnt patterns can actually cause us problems. Very often some of the unconscious patterns we adhere to hold us back from achieving our true potential or keep us in what is referred to as a ‘stuck state’. This is evident in when we face inner conflict. On one hand, we know consciously that we want to make a change but on the other hand, for some reason something just seems to be holding us back. It is this ‘something’ that NLP seeks to unravel as it all points back to the ‘mind’. Language is also a very important tool in NLP. Picking up on a client’s use of language will be one aspect of identifying and working through problem areas.
NLP works with the belief that anything, which is learnt, can also be unlearnt. This means ultimately we are the masters of our mind and have the capacity to re-design our thought patterns, feelings, responses and behaviour. With the use of NLP we are able to reprograme ourselves and facilitate the reprogramming in others.
The benefits of NLP are limitless and it can be used to address a number of situations such as, gaining more confidence, self discovery, living with past memories, curing phobias or simply understanding and relating with people better. Many practitioners choose to use NLP on its own, however, I decided to be flexible in my approach and tailor its use to the individual, which may mean incorporating some of the principles and techniques within our coaching session. My aim is to provide my clients with the best service possible and achieve maximum results.
NLP to the mind is like the soil of which the seeds of a tree are planted in. For the seeds to grow into a healthy vibrant tree, the soil must be fertilised and prepared properly. NLP does just this; it prepares the mind and puts it in a state of excellence so you are able to blossom into the magnificent tree you are destined to be.