NLP – stands for neuro-linguistic programming. It is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California, United States in the 1970s.
NLP is the systemic study of human communication and how we create our world.
Neuro – concerns the brain and how the brain interprets the world
Linguistic – is to do with communication, how we use language and how it affects
Programming – recognising that there is a programme running in our mind and
knowing this means we can re-programme ourselves.
NLP is about the interaction between these parts, looking at how each of the
elements influence and are influenced by the other parts.
An NLP practitioner will help you to discover your true values and beliefs and identify thoughts and emotions that are keeping you stuck. They will look at how you have constructed your internal world from your past experiences and the meaning that you have given to these experiences. No event has meaning in itself, we give each
event a meaning depending on our past experiences and beliefs. This is why several
individuals that may all have the same experience can have a totally different
You may be letting a belief that you formed at a young age hold you back today.
Beliefs are only repeated thoughts and not necessarily true and therefore can be
changed to a belief that will empower you however often people are not consciously
aware of what and why they do something.
This is where an NLP practitioner can help you to see how your thoughts are
creating your emotional state and any unhelpful paradigms or behaviours can be
identified and then worked on to create healthier thought patterns which then allow
individuals to achieve the goals and life they want.