“We can’t change our past, but we can change how we think and feel about it.”
~ Virginia Satir
What is NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)?
N = Neuro/ the human nervous system including the brain and senses.
L = Linguistic/language.
P = Programming.
According to NLP the human nervous system has its own natural language system that codes and organises the content of our thoughts and actions. When you start applying NLP to your life and you can become a master of your world.
NLP describes the process of how personality creates and expresses itself. Put simply, we are all made up of a neurology that conveys information about our environment to our central nervous systems and brains. Since we are also meaning creating creatures, we translate these perceptions in our brains into meanings, beliefs and expectations. NLP helps us to overcome the old negative believes and meanings and create new more powerful ones that serve us.
Where to use NLP?
- Release anxiety, worry, depression and more – to feel more relaxed and more connected
- Feel happiness and joy more often
- Connect to healthy self-esteem and confidence
- Dealing with emotional problems such as low self-esteem, anxiety, lack of confidence,
- Phobias such as spiders, heights, dogs, escalators, water, lifts/elevators, etc.
- Destructive relationship patterns (coping with breakup)
- Fear of examinations
- Fear of driving
- Stress reduction and weight control for a healthier lifestyle
- Be empowered with a healthy financial mind-set
- Be more successful and happy at work
- Release old habits like smoking, insomnia, blushing, and more
- Undo self-sabotage
- Heal pain and other physical conditions
- Change limited beliefs about body shape and other inherited conditions
- Change habits and behaviours that damage your health into ones that sustain it
- Learn to enter relaxed mental states
How does NLP works?
NLP therapy could be viewed as cleaning out old brain software because everything is of value and no longer serving us. And then, most importantly the old is replaced with the new, which will get you what you need.
Experience shows that NLP Therapy also tends to be fast, typically resolving issues in several brief sessions, which will of course make it very cost effective and much cheaper than traditional therapies.
NLP is becoming increasing mainstream thanks in part to the television series of Darren Brown and Paul McKenna. NLP has been described as the next generation of psychology.
What is difference between other therapies and NLP?
Experience shows that NLP Therapy also tends to be fast, typically resolving issues in several brief sessions, which will of course make it very cost effective and much cheaper than traditional therapies as NLP uses physiology and the unconscious mind to change thought processes and therefore behaviour.
Traditional Freudian psychology and psychotherapy requires a large commitment of time as the client tries to uncover unconscious processes which determine conscious behaviour.
Counselling is a shorter process, usually undirected by the counsellor who facilitates the client to explore feelings and behaviour around a specific issue such as bereavement.
Cognitive behavioural therapy is task centred work which identifies problem behaviour and how the mind thinks about it, and therefore behaves in regard to it. Cognitive behaviour therapy then aims to alter those beliefs and thought processes, so influencing the behaviour towards a positive state for the client.
History of NLP
It began in the early 70’s as a thesis project in Santa Cruz, California. Richard Bandler and his professor, John Grinder, wanted to develop models of human behaviour to understand why certain people seemed to be excellent at what they did, while others found the same tasks challenging or nearly impossible to do.