NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming and was developed based on a range of psychological theories. In fact, the tools and processes that exist in original code NLP were created through client experimentation and linguistic coding of what worked. Let’s break this down to the three component parts.
Neuro: This refers to our thoughts and internal states that affect our communication and behaviour. NLP supports a practitioner to map the patterns that exist in our thoughts and states. Then to identify which of these would be valuable to shift to something more resourceful.
Linguistic: This element is the external representation of our internal experience. It is the tool NLP practitioners use to gain access to how their clients operate on the inside, at the unconscious level. It is also used to support and influence change in the client.
Programming: This can be thought of as the client’s ability to change. Once an NLP practitioner identifies the patterns in a client’s thoughts and internal states, they can use a range of tools including linguistics to support the client to update their approaches. Essentially “re-programming” the unhelpful operations that the client is running unconsciously.
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
- 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.