Neurolinguistic Programming

Neurolinguistic therapyNeurolinguistic Programming (NLP) is a methodology that can be used to help some people change aspects of their own psychology.

It consists of a set of techniques, which can be used to increase skill or ability in some area; or to help overcome the things that are causing them problems.  NLP can help people to develop and maintain a high level of motivation for achieving their goals, and can help change barriers and blockages into successes.

How was NLP developed?

The founders of NLP, John Grinder and Richard Bandler, noticed that every single thing an individual does has to be set up in their mind first. Then, the body follows whatever instructions that mental set up dictates.

Bandler and Grinder studied experts in a number of fields, to see how those experts did the mental set up that was the basis of their expertise.

The authors, and then later a host of followers, went on to develop a wide range of techniques for helping people change a mental set up from one that doesn’t produce the wanted result, to one that does.

Why the name: Neuro Linguistic Programming?

  • Neuro refers to the brain and in particular to the sensory information that the brain uses for much of its processing. Sensory information includes the data inputs and outputs of our five senses: seeing – visual, hearing – auditory, feeling with our body sense – kinaesthetic, smelling – olfactory, and tasting – gustatory.
  • Linguistic refers to our ability with language, and the fact that a large amount of the processing done in our brains is thinking in words.
  • Programming refers to the mental program we use to set up everything we do in our mind, before we can do it.  The quality of the mental set up, determines the quality of the behavioural output and outcome.

How does NLP work?

NLP techniques aim to help you change the mental set up that occurs before you do something. As you work with a trained therapist, you will discover how to change patterns that are causing you problems or distress. NLP techniques combined with a comprehensive therapeutic environment, can help you to eliminate destructive beliefs and repetitive mental patterns and behaviours, instead replacing them with productive ones.

How long does treatment take?

The number of sessions required depends on what is to be fixed, how old and deep it is in your psychology, and how much you are able to do to help yourself. Like most therapeutic methods, NLP in not an instant quick fix for any but the most trivial of problems. But included in a comprehensive treatment plan, NLP can be a big help.

Dr Malcolm Davies Learning At WorkAuthor: Dr Malcolm Davies, B.Psych.(Hons), M.Psych (Clin), Dip. Clin. Hypnosis, PhD, MASH.

As well as being a registered psychologist experienced in a range of evidence based mainstream psychotherapies, Dr Malcolm Davies is a Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming and a Master Practitioner of Neurosemantics.  He can offer a suitably blended treatment program to suit your precise need, regardless of the issue you want to deal with.