What is NLP?
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) was developed in the 1970’s and is coaching and therapy that allows us to find all the answers within ourselves, as well as using our mind and certain language to create change and get the results we want.
NLP is also described as a model of how we communicate to ourselves and others. This model explains how we process information that comes into us from the outside. Our model can be based on past events or beliefs & values, so the internal representations we make about an outside event are not necessarily the event itself. NLP helps you work with understanding for how you have created your own internal reality and then gives you the tools for transformation.
Neuro - the mind and how we think
Linguistic - how we use language and how it affects us
Programming - how we sequence our actions to achieve our goals
It is only once we connect all three that we can understand why we think/react in a certain way and can start to make changes to transform ourselves and face our life challenges head on.
NLP can be applied to various aspects of your life.
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NLP Coaching vs Counselling
Life can be difficult at times and sometimes it’s not clear as to why you are feeling a certain way. The emotions and behaviours linked to these feelings can start to spiral and take control over your life. If this is the case and you have taken the first step by acknowledging there is an issue, then the next step is seeking some sort of therapy.
So, what’s the difference?
NLP coaching & therapy is all about making changes at the unconscious level and helps us find the answers within ourselves. Once these changes have been made, they become deeply imbedded in to the unconscious and therefore you don’t have to remember to think or act differently. NLP rarely requires the individual to go in to too much detail about the problems they have or the changes they want to make in order for it to be successful. As long as the client shares enough and follows the instructions of the practitioner, quick and immediate changes can be made. Many individuals prefer this method as they do not have to go through past events, in detail, which can then lead to them feeling upset and distressed.
NLP teaches us that all behaviour, thoughts and emotions are connected and most importantly are driven by the unconscious mind. With a ‘toolkit’ of techniques and a mindset that is based on the study of human excellence, there are many different tools and techniques that can be used to help.
Counselling is referred to as a talking therapy and like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT,) looks to help clients at the conscious level and allows them to verbalise their thoughts and feelings, knowing that they are being listened to with zero judgement. However, the counsellor will not offer any tools or techniques that will enable the underlying issue to be sorted. Instead, they allow the individual to discover new options or perspectives as a result of talking the problem through.
Many individuals who have undergone both therapies have expressed how NLP has benefited them more long term.
If you have an issue you want to deal with and make quick and effective changes then NLP is for you.
If you simply want to talk through an issue to off-load or get a better understanding of a situation then counselling is for you.