Programming or NLP, first emerged in the early 1970’s from the work
of John Grinder, a linguistics professor and Richard Bandler, a
mathematics and IT research student, at the University of Santa Cruz,
California. Drawing on the work of Noam Chomsky, Alfred Korzybski,
Gregory Bateson, Fritz Pearls, Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson,
they identified a practical approach to self exploration through
connecting specific and direct links between language – verbal and
non verbal – (linguistic) and our internal processing (neurology)
and habitual behaviours (programming).
"..the client is in charge – from initiating to concluding the therapy..."
The process of a
Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy session, the client is in charge –
from initiating to concluding the therapy. Each session, and the
overall therapeutic direction is determined by the ecological
outcomes set by the client. The client may have an overall desired
outcome that forms the focus for the therapy, and individual outcomes
for each session. As these outcomes can shift during the process of
therapy, nothing can be assumed until the start of each session.
Indeed our therapists act
like explorers, not knowing how each session is going to emerge.
Instead we take as our starting point the belief that the client
already has the answers and solutions within their own system – and
our job is to reveal them and collaboratively put them to use. Our
skills lie in our ability to enable the client to discover the inner
structure that is generating the presenting problem, so that the
client can then have a clear idea of what restructuring would serve
"...a practical approach to self exploration..."
Working with visual, auditory, kinaesthetic (touch,
taste, smell) as well as cognitive channels of information, we are
able to tap into the client’s deep structure, stored at an
unconscious level. We can enable the client to express this
information somatically using physiology, symbolically using metaphor
and other representations, and cognitively using the wide range of
language patterns available to us.
Many of our therapists are
also trained in other therapeutic methods – Hypnotherapy,
Transactional Analysis, Solution Focused, Emotional Freedom
Technique, for example. So a client may find themselves experiencing
an integration of approaches.
Our ability to working
incisively with language means that our therapists can quickly get to
the source of the problem, without dwelling too much on peripheral
history. Our highly interactive approach aligns us with the Brief
Therapy movement, but not at the expense of rigour. Obviously
depending on the presenting issue and, more significantly the desired
outcome, the therapy can be short
term – up to 10 hours, medium term or long term. The therapy may
be structured or flexible depending on the needs of individual