NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming and at its simplest can be considered the structure of our communication with ourselves and others. Let’s break this down to the three component parts.
Neuro: This refers to our internal states (mental & emotional) that affect our communication and behaviour. NLP supports a practitioner in identifying these states, mapping how they come into existence and how they can be shifted to another state.
Linguistic: This element is the external representation of our internal states. Our use of language. It is the tool NLP practitioners use to gain access to how their clients work on the inside, at the unconscious level.
Programming: This can be thought of as the client’s ability to change. An NLP practitioner is able to identify the programmes their clients employ about how life “should” be, and work with them to update these to better meet their needs.
Who is it for?
NLP has many uses from “quick fix” sessions designed to give clients a boost to face a challenging situation or event, to being more integrative and a part of coaching and therapeutic journeys. Individuals often find NLP valuable when they become repetitive in their thinking, and as a result repetitive in their behaviour. In particular, it can be used to support individuals through a variety of issues including:
- Communication challenges
- Lack of confidence
- Lack of resilience
- Imposter Syndrome
- Self-Identity challenges
- Stress & Burnout
- Post Traumatic Stress
This is most likely where I developed my fascination with linguistics. For me there are many component parts from the words we use and the tonality of delivery, to the structure of our communication and our interpretation. NLP has become one of the most integrated tools in my approach, showing up in my questioning, reflections and even how I set my clients up for success. It is an incredibly powerful tool that sits naturally in my client work.