What is NLP? This is probably the question I get asked most often – by clients, at dinner parties, by friends and family!
I have stolen the words of Gemma Bailey (NLP4kids) here…’Neuro relates to the brain – so your thought processes and internal focus. ‘Linguistic’ refers to your language which could be your communication with others or your self-talk within. ‘Programming’ is about the patterns of behaviour that you consistently follow such as good and bad habits.
There is no ‘one thing’ that describes what NLP is: It’s about using a series of different techniques but is as much about attitude and mindset.
NLP techniques allow us as practitioners to follow a process that can help our client to make changes that improves their state of mind and their emotional state.’
Very often ‘talking’ about a problem can make it seem bigger than it is and reinforce the importance of it in the child’s mind. NLP with its visualisation techniques instead reduces the intensity of the issue and offers new strategies to deal with it.
NLP is not in itself a therapy – it is a constantly developing set of skills and practical knowledge about how the mind works that is used by counsellors, psychotherapists, teachers, business people, coaches and those interested in self development.