NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming in Edinburgh
NLP is not a therapy. NLP is a modelling tool and was developed by Dilts, Grinder, Bandler and DeLozier as a study of excellence.
What does NLP consist of?
During their modelling study, the authors studied a range of therapies and also linguistics. Leading therapists including Milton Erickson, the renowned hypnotherapist were modeled to see why they achieved such excellent results.
NLP is a flexible area of models and communication tools, from sales, to performance, hypnotherapy to psychotherapy.
What can NLP help with?
NLP models can help with sales, performance, sports, communication, handling phobias and fears.
Key areas include improving communication through more precise use of linguistics and body language. Also better performance by deliberately triggering positive and chosen emotions and feelings when they are needed. According to Karunaratne (2010) NLP is effective with phobias, although the original Ericksonian hypnotic methods are arguably more effective (Stuart is trained in these too!
Mahishika Karunaratne (2010)Neuro-linguistic programming and application in treatment of phobias St Georges University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE, United Kingdom
What are the limitations of NLP?
By definition, NLP is a selection of models from a range of areas. This is nowhere near the same as deep knowledge of each of those areas. For example having models from hypnotherapy, does not mean the practitioner has the same depth or breadth of knowledge as a fully trained hypnotherapist. The same applies to the other areas of psychotherapy, psychology and linguistics. Stuart et al (2012) concluded that NLP alone is not effective as a stand alone psychological treatment, which emphasises that clients should seek a psychotherapist trained in NLP, not just an NLP trained practitioner.
Jackie Stuart, Saima Ali, Wendy Robertson, David Metcalfe, Amy Grove, Claire Bourne and Chris Bridle (2012)Neurolinguistic programming: a systematic review of the effects on health outcomes
Limits of psychological work in NLP
NLP encourages the person to “design a state” of emotion. This is fine for specific occasions such as performance or public speaking. When used in extreme however this makes for an inauthentic presentation and may cause deliberate suppression of real emotions and feelings.
Combining NLP with other therapies
NLP is best combined with deeper and broader knowledge in the therapies and topics NLP comes from. Stuart is a clinical hypnotherapist and psychoanalyst trained in a range of psychotherapies (diploma in clinical hypnotherapy and psychoanalysis). He has studied linguistics and psychology at Masters Degree level (as part of a MSc Psychology), and modelling and systems studies (as part of a BSc Hons IIT). He has further psychology, social psychology and related study (as part of BA Hons Open degree). he has also completed level 3 NLP and Coaching awards. He is the course author of externally accredited level 4 NLP and Level 4 and 5 Coaching awards.
Stuart uses NLP as part of an overall integrative psychotherapy practice in Edinburgh, Falkirk and Glasgow. He studied modelling in his first degree (BSc IIT) and has completed both assessment in NLP as part of his initial portfolio for accreditation and in additional CPD professionally accredited awards. he has also studied specialist application of NLP including self regulation with anxiety and trauma and Multichannel Eye Movement Integration (similar but more advanced version of EMDR).
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