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Neuro Linguistic Programming Therapy

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques teach you how to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals in your personal and professional life.


An Introduction to Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Therapy is a personal development therapy that focuses on ‘reprogramming’ your language, habits, thoughts and behaviours to help you improve your confidence, self-awareness and communication skills.

NLP Therapy is a form of life coaching which can be helpful in dealing with fears and phobias, bad habits and psychological issues which affect the overall quality of life.


What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

The name Neuro-Linguistic Programming can be broken down into the following:

  • Neuro – stands for the nervous system, through which we receive and process information
  • Linguistic – the way we communicate with ourselves and others
  • Programming – refers to patterns and habits we create over time

NLP, therefore, uses language and communication techniques to create new habits with positive associations, and break bad habits that can cause stress, anxiety and fears.


How does Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) work?

“The map is not the territory” is a term coined by mathematician Alfred Korzybski that has become the foundational idea of NLP. It means every individual has their own way of seeing the world (the map) that differs from reality and the full picture of the world (the territory). It stresses what we believe is not necessarily true reality, and what others perceive too.

This theory argues that the brain goes through different processes to filter information. This leads us to our subjective view of the world (and the creation of our map).

During the processes, we can:

  • We forget parts of the information
  • We generalize
  • Our brain distorts the information

The idea is not that the maps we hold are necessarily wrong, they just differ from the maps of people around us. Everyone has their subjective views – and that can lead to arguments, misunderstandings and resentment.

NLP offers techniques to expand your map in order to look at things from different perspectives. By doing that, we achieve greater freedom and flexibility of the mind.

Benefits of NLP

How can NLP benefit you?

NLP is a useful tool if you are experiencing personal issues, fears, and troubled relationships. It can also assist with team building, public speaking, improving communication and learning how to express what you truly feel.

People who use NLP find the benefits to be wide-ranging including:

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Managing stress
  • Improving communication skills
  • Increasing creativity
  • Finding empowerment and motivation
  • Personal development
  • Setting and reaching goals
  • Relationship building
  • Self-exploration
  • Improving awareness
  • Gaining clarity

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Further Reading / NLP studies

Studies conducted into the health benefits of NLP are yet to be conclusive, but preliminary findings are promising.


Talking and other therapeutic approaches are very effective for dealing with anxiety so it’s no surprise that NLP is said to offer this benefit. One study on individuals who experienced claustrophobia during MRI scans found that NLP was an extremely effective tool for alleviating feelings of anxiety; a finding echoed by additional inquiries. It’s suspected that the combination of relaxation and guided imagery is perhaps the biggest reason NLP helps to curb anxious feelings.


Emotional trauma and confidence 

According to The Association for NLP (ANLP) several case studies have shown that NLP can be a great tool for dealing with emotional trauma, anxiety and stress, grief and loss. Furthermore, they state that NLP can be a great tool for building self-confidence, personal development, creating and sustaining healthy relationships and learning healthy conflict resolution techniques.

What are some NLP Techniques?

What are some NLP Techniques?

NLP offers a wide range of techniques for different purposes – some work on more superficial levels that tackle behaviour change and others go deeper to change beliefs and values. During a therapy session, your practitioner could use the following techniques:

  • Anchoring: Creates positive emotions as a result of making (or ‘anchoring’) emotional associations to certain stimuli and actions.
  • Swish pattern: Is used to overcome bad habits, like smoking and nail-biting, or irrational fears. It works by changing patterns of behaviour for a desired outcome, rather than the undesired outcome.
  • Mirroring: Builds rapport by mirroring the other person’s body language, tone of voice and language to create a connection. It is an effective negotiation tool.
  • Visual/kinesthetic dissociation: A thought exercise that involves re-processing a past event from a detached, dissociated viewpoint.
What does a typical NLP session look like?

What does a typical NLP session look like?

There is no standard session length, but an NLP therapy session usually lasts for an hour. An NLP practitioner will start a session with a conversation – they will use this time to understand your thinking and behavioural patterns, emotional state, and aspirations.

During the session, your practitioner uses techniques to help reveal the mind maps that are actively preventing you from moving forward and achieving your goals. You could also be given a set of exercises to practice at home to reinforce your progress. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Therapy can be short-term or long-term, depending on the individual and their goals.

When choosing an NLP practitioner, consider what particular area of your life you would like to deal with. Practitioners and therapists can specialise in specific areas such as fears, addictions, or business/workplace challenges.

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Medical concerns

Holistic disciplines can assist you in your wellbeing, though they are not a substitute for medical care. This information should be used as a guide only to help you explore which holistic disciplines may assist you. We recommend researching the discipline and speaking with a practitioner before choosing to book any service.

This information is not, nor is it intended to be used as a medical diagnosis. Any information provided must be considered as guidance only, and not a substitute for obtaining a diagnosis from a medical professional. Please see the full terms and conditions of use. Always consult your doctor for any medical concerns.

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