NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming
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What is NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming?
To answer that question, it helps to break NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming down into its constituent parts.
Neuro – Every second your brain is processing millions of pieces of information flowing in through your senses, and to make sense of this mass of data, your brain navigates its way through various tiers of filtering. The first tier, where this information is initially assessed, is often referred to as your first mental map of the world.
Linguistic – As you filter this information via your first mental map, you assign personal meaning to it. From this process, you form a second mental map by assigning language to these thoughts. This second map is often called the Linguistic Map.
Programming – As a result of these two processes of filtering, you next develop a behavioural response. This, effectively, becomes your programmed response.
NLP therapy, therefore, is a methodology for understanding how, through information provided via all five senses, people organise their thinking, their language, and their feelings in response to events and experiences. It also provides a framework within which you can make changes to the choices you make that result in your behaviour.
How does NLP work?
NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming utilises hypnosis to access your unconscious mind. During a session, an NLP practitioner will guide you into a hypnotic trance with the aim of ‘tapping into’ hidden and repressed memories, beliefs, and perceptions that influence your behaviour patterns. The foundation stone of NLP thinking is that every individual actually has the resources required to make positive changes, they just need the tools to do it.
One of the key aspects of NLP, though, is that a therapist can work without necessarily knowing in detail the specific problems a client faces. So for those uncomfortable with sharing certain information, it can be a very useful therapy. Instead, they focus on hierarchies of learning, communication, and change.
There are six levels, and NLP considers that changes made at a lower level then start to have impact on levels higher up, and vice versa. These levels are:
- Purpose and spirituality
- Beliefs and values
- Capabilities and skills
Put simply, NLP helps a client to investigate their sensory sensitivities and use the knowledge they gain to make changes to how they respond to a situation. In effect, it helps you change your thoughts and actions in a situation.
How does it achieve this? NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming does this by working with your awareness via your language processing. So by facilitating a client’s acute awareness of their senses and feelings as a situation unfolds, through the language they use to describe it in their minds, an NLP therapist can help them change their perception, plus how this is then communicated within, and then finally their resulting response.
Often, people favour a particular sensory system over the others and a good therapist will be able to pick this up. For example, some people say, “I see…” when they are listening to someone explain something, whereas others may say, “I hear what mean…”. That information can then help a therapist establish which sensory system to focus on with their client.
Is NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming right for you?
NLP hypnosis can be used for a wide range of things, including anxiety, phobias, workplace performance, and good old personal happiness. So, in all honesty, there’s a good chance that it is right for you. Basically, if you’re looking to make a change to aspects of your life and you’re keen to take responsibility to effect that change with a little help, NLP would be a good therapy for you. Examples of where it is most useful are:
- Improving your confidence
- Improving your ability to set goals, make plans, and see them through
- Improving your ability to cope with stressful situations
- Improving your ability to relate to and connect with people
- Improving your communication
- Improving your effectiveness in dealing with situations
What is an NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming session like?
Before the start of an NLP counselling, a therapist will take time to understand what it is you’re seeking to change. Sometimes this is very precise, other times it’s more general. They will then chat with you to find out more about your thinking processes, your responses and behaviour in a situation, and your emotional states. This will help them get a picture of both your first mental map of the world and your linguistic map.
They will then use hypnosis to guide you into a hypnotic trance that will enable you to focus on the ‘here and now’, including your thoughts and feelings of the moment, to start to identify where change can take place… and how. Each session will be very much channelled to working towards change during the session itself, so results can sometimes be very swift.
What techniques are used?
NLP therapists have many tools in their tool box, and they’re highly effective when used by an experienced trained practitioner.
Anchoring – This technique seeks to introduce a sensory experience as a trigger for a positive emotional state.
Rapport – An NLP practitioner will mirror their client’s unconscious physical actions with the aim of establishing rapport quickly. They will then use empathy to guide their client towards their objective(s).
Swish Pattern – Through guided visualisation, a therapist will take a particular challenge and introduce new thought patterns associated with this challenge to bring about a positive state rather than negative one.
Visual/Kinaesthetic Dissociation (VKD) – Where a therapist seeks to remove the negative thoughts associated with a past event. E.g. PTSD triggers.
If you’d like to find out more about NLP therapy, please do call 01908 265410. We’d welcome the opportunity to discuss how it could work for you and make the difference you’re looking for.
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