NLP is devoted to discovering how to think, and communicate effectively with yourself and others. It gives us the tools to unlock our minds and free them up, it has been used for many years now not just as a therapy but also as a way to coach success in all walks of life.
NLP draws on best practice from a wide range of disciplines such as psychiatry and psychology, hypnotherapy, neuroscience, life coaching, linguistics, counselling, and education. NLP can therefore provide a variety of solutions and techniques which makes it a very flexible and proven therapeutic solution.
The acronym NLP stands for:
Neuro: concerns your neurological system. We experience the world through our senses and that sensory information gets translated into thought processes, both conscious and unconscious. These thought processes activate the neurological system which affects our physiology, emotions and behaviour.
Linguistic: refers to the way we use language to make sense of the world, how we capture and conceptualise experience and how we communicate that experience to others, not only through our words and tone of voice, but also through our body language.
Programming: this shows how we code or mentally represent our experiences. It includes our internal processing and thinking patterns that we use to make decisions, solve problems, learn, evaluate and get results. NLP shows you how to recode your experiences and organise your internal programming so that you can get the outcome you want and get rid of behaviours or thought patterns that you don’t want.
Timeline© Therapy was part of NLP but has been expanded into a separate therapy process by Tad and Adriana James. When asked to think about how we perceive time, we tend to mentally see time as a line, with our past on one side and future on the other, and ourselves standing in or near the Timeline in the ‘now’.
If you have negative emotions or beliefs now, then there would have been a specific time in the past when we acquired that emotion or belief, which also means there was a time when we didn’t have it. By allowing our mind to travel back before the emotion or belief was created, we can let go of it, and in so doing we can actually see that negativity removing itself from the timeline right up until the present. Imagine how empowering it would be to let go of years of anger!
Timeline© therapy is also excellent for setting goals. If we place a future goal in our timeline and make that picture as vivid and sensory rich as possible, it will create such an impression on our unconscious mind that we will not only work towards that goal consciously, we will do it unconsciously. Therefore we are much more likely to succeed.