Neuro Linguistic Programming Explained

NLP is a strategy that helps people change and improve their lives both personally and in business.

“NLP-based psychotherapy was recognised by the UK Council of Psychotherapy in the 1990s, and the NHS embedded NLP training into more than 300 facilities between 2006 and 2009.”

NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP) is a methodology that explores the relationships between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic), and patterns of behaviour and emotion (programming).

NEURO (Neurology): NLP recognises that all our experiences from birth programme how we view the world. It explores how we perceive the world through our five senses and how these perceptions shape our memories or internal representations of reality.

LINGUISTIC (Language): We use language to communicate but it is also a powerful tool for shaping our thoughts and behaviours. NLP studies how language patterns shape our feelings and behaviours. NLP practitioners believe that by understanding and analysing how the language we use influences the way we think, the emotions we feel, the actions we take and the results we get, individuals can reframe their thoughts and behaviours to achieve desired outcomes.

PROGRAMMING: The term “programming” refers to the habitual patterns of behaviour that we develop over time. NLP seeks to understand these patterns and teaches and utilises techniques to modify them effectively. By changing our internal programming, we can alter our responses to external stimuli and achieve better results in many aspects of life.

This holds significance because approximately 95% of our decisions, actions, emotions, behaviours, and beliefs operate at a subconscious level, occurring automatically without conscious thought or awareness. Only about 5% of our conscious awareness is attributed to the deliberate workings of the conscious mind.

The analogy of the two minds as an iceberg is widely recognised. In this analogy, the conscious mind is likened to the visible tip of the iceberg, representing merely 5% of our waking activities, including critical and logical thinking. Meanwhile, the subconscious mind constitutes the larger, submerged portion beneath the waterline, responsible for a staggering 95% of brain activity that operates beyond our conscious awareness. This vast subconscious realm governs most of our decisions, actions, emotions, and behaviours, while also overseeing essential bodily functions such as breathing and circulation. Fundamentally, the subconscious acts as a vast repository where information is stored and retrieved.

The role of an NLP practitioner is to utilise and teach various techniques and strategies through accessing the subconscious where our internal programming is stored, to help individuals overcome limiting beliefs, manage emotions, improve communication skills and enhance personal effectiveness.These techniques which include visualisation, suggestion and role play can be used to treat and overcome a variety of conditions including stress, anxiety and depression, lack of self-confidence, insomnia, weight management, smoking cessation, performance nerves, trauma and fears and phobias to name a few.

No two people are the same, so all my treatment programmes are bespoke, designed to meet the requirements and goals of each individual. I usually integrate all three disciplines, which I believe makes me a more effective coach enabling me to greatly enhance your therapeutic programme and accelerate your results.

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