What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) ?


Why NLP?

I love NLP because it is practical, very easy to do and change using its techniques is very fast. It was put together by Dr John Grinder and Dr Richard Bandler in the 1970s. They identified the differences between average and excellent performers in many fields (therapy, education, sales, presenting, leaders, parents) and put together a model outlining the process of how to uncover and replicate the findings.

I discovered and trained as an NLP Practitioner in 1998 and I’ve never looked back. It was instrumental in helping me deal with my depression and anxiety, stop being stuck in the past, and enabling me to move on with my life.

The many clients (adults and teenagers) I have worked with since 1998 have also been amazed at how quickly (compared to other therapies they had tried) they were able to let go of anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and phobias to start to feel in control and happier. They have gone on to have successful relationships, careers, feel healthier and content.


“NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a name that encompasses the three most influential components involved in producing human experience: neurology, language and programming. 

The neurological system regulates how our body functions, language determines how we interface and communicate with other people and our programming determines the kinds of models of the world we create.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming).”     Robert Dilts, NLP University

“The strategies, tools and techniques of NLP represent an opportunity unlike any other for the exploration of human functioning, or more precisely, that rare and valuable subset of human functioning known as genius.”    Dr John Grinder (co-founder of NLP)

“NLP is an attitude which is an insatiable curiosity about human beings with a methodology that leaves behind it a trail of techniques.” Dr Richard Bandler (co-founder of NLP)



What is hypnotherapy?

It is the use of hypnosis for specific therapeutic purposes. This can mean shaking off old unwanted habits and limiting behaviours from the past, and replacing them with new skills and abilities. It is effective because it deals with the causes of problems, not just the symptoms.

I use NLP or hypnotherapy or a combination of both depending on what is appropriate for you.

What is hypnosis?

It is a pleasant, natural state of relaxation and enhanced awareness. It is a way of making contact with the unconscious mind, which contains both the source of many of our problems, and the means to solve them.

Will I lose control when I am in hypnosis?

Not at all. You are in complete control at all times. You will not do anything you wouldn’t normally be prepared to do.

Is hypnotherapy dangerous?

No. It is a naturally-occurring process (daydreaming is a form of hypnotic trance), and is perfectly safe. No-one remains ‘stuck’ in trance, and the only side-effects are positive ones!

Is hypnotherapy safe?

Hypnotherapy is completely safe. You are in complete control at all times, able to respond to me if needed. Whilst in hypnotherapy, you will feel completely relaxed, comfortable and at ease.

Could I stay stuck and never come out of it?

No. The trance can be terminated by yourself at any time you choose, just as you chose to enter it. In the unlikely event that you were left to come out of trance on your own, you would either return to full consciousness in your own time, or enter a natural sleep and awaken as if from a pleasant nap.

Will I be forced to accept suggestions or say and do things I do not want to?

No. You cannot be forced to accept any suggestions that go against your morals or beliefs, and a professional hypnotherapist will not make such suggestions anyway.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

The simple answer is no, especially if you do not want to be hypnotised. However, studies have shown that approximately 15% of the population can be hypnotised very easily, 15% are unhypnotisable, while the remaining 70% fall in between.

How any sessions will I need?

All clients are unique with unique cases to resolve. It is not possible to say how many sessions exactly you will require. Most phobias, for example, can be resolved in one session whereas more complicated issues may require 6+ sessions (or more).


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