Neuto Linguistic Programming is a conversational technique to elicit change and reframe past events. Unlike counselling, NLP does not focus on rehashing old stories over and over again. Rather than focusing on the past, NLP is future focused. NLP aims to reduce the impact of traumatic events, and identify unhelpful strategies a person has learned during childhood and life so that empowering strategies can be instilled. NLP involves questioning techniques, scripts and use of the imagination to follow guided thinking processes.
The aim of NLP, similar to counselling, is to provide professional guidance to relieve the patient of problems, setbacks, emotional issues, stress, and help them achieve happiness and feelings of well being in life. The patient is empowered to find meaning and purpose, set goals, and let go of fear, anger, grief and guilt.
Not only can NLP techniques be used in conversation, but they are also very effective when integrated into hypnosis scripts. The reason for this is that many of the conversational strategies used in NLP bypass the conscious mind and speak directly to the subconscious mind. Many NLP techniques require the client to close their eyes and follow a guided script, which is also similar to Hypnosis, but without the induction of trance.
Ideally, a client would firstly engage in a coaching session, followed by a combination of hypnosis and NLP techniques. All three of these modalities work best when a series of sessions are strung together approximately a week apart. By having a series of sessions, the client is able to build on the last sessions, similar to working on fitness with a personal trainer.
As with any type of therapy, NLP, Coaching and Hypnosis all require the client to feel comfortable, safe, and of course like and trust me as the therapist. This trust needs to be established before any real progress can be made. Some people are more naturally open, and others may need some time to feel connected.
Once a level of rapport exists sessions can include a variety of formats, including traditional hypnosis, emotional clearing, parts integration, forward pacing, timeline therapy, swish patterns, goal setting, story telling, perceptual positions, disassociation, reframing, questioning and modalities.
NLP can be very effective without the therapist ever knowing the backstory. This is what makes this type of conversation uniquely different to the conversations had with a counselor or psychologist.