What Is Neuro-Linguistic Programming Therapy?

An approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder which has been highly successful in the United States for nearly 40 years:

"Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a psychological method used to help you modify your behaviour its a set of language - and sensory-based interventions that is based using your five main senses:


  • The visual system – sight.

  • The auditory system - hearing.

  • The kinesthetic system -feeling.

  • The olfactory system - smell.

  • The gustatory system – tasting.

Successful techniques designed to help improve your self-awareness, confidence, communication skills, and social actions.


The goals of NLP are to help the client understand that the way one views the world affects how one operates in the world, and that it is necessary to change the thoughts and behaviour patterns that have not proven beneficial in the past and that only serve to block one’s healing and success." -Psychology Today

NLP is a way to expand your experience of yourself and enjoy yourself more, helping you to know how to take control of your subconscious linguistics

(self talk) patterns, giving you the tools to overcome and replace old habits with new ones. The therapist helps you to change your automatic behaviour thought patterns by replacing them with more healthy emotions, which are always discussed prior to your treatment. 

This form of therapy draws on concepts from areas of psychology and psychotherapy, enabling us to understand the logic reasons for our thought patterns, thus providing you with a greater sense of self-control by recognising your best qualities and using them to your advantage. 

Always ensure your NLP practitioner is accredited and registered, practitioners often use this type of therapy in conjunction with other forms of therapy. The better quality of training the therapist has, the better standards the therapist will show - this is important when picking a therapist that's right for you.

Your brain is trained to work on your own unique “models” or “maps” that you have of the world; often our maps of the world don't represent the real world. We often get a faulty map of the world due to previous experiences, which is often a subconscious process. This can affect our beliefs about ourselves, and this in turn affects our behaviour patterns. The therapist and yourself aim to explore your thinking patterns and identify strategies, and give you the tools to improve your life and take control of your inner thought patterns. 

Watch a quick explanation of NLP here now