What is NLP?

Neuro Linguistic Programming, sounds scary right! Well let’s break it down, so we can get to grips with it.

Neuro: This part relates to the nervous system (the mind), to the ways in which we process information and through which, our experience of the world is processed via our five senses (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, olfactory, gustatory)

Linguistic: Relates to the use of language systems – not just words but all symbol systems including gestures and postures – to code, organise and attribute meanings to our internal representations of the world, and to communicate internally and externally. This includes pictures, sounds, feelings, tastes, smells, words (self talk)

Programming: This comes from information processing and computing science, on the premise that the way in which experience is stored, coded and transformed is similar to how software runs on a PC. By deleting, upgrading or installing our mental software, we can change how we think and, as a result how we act. It’s the ability to discover and utilise the programs that we run (our communication to ourselves and others) in our neurological systems to achieve our specific and desired outcomes.

So putting it all together Neuro Linguistic Programming is primarily concerned with the processes by which we create an internal representation – our experience- of the external world of “reality” through language and our neurology. NLP is how we can use language of the mind to consistently achieve our specific and desired outcomes

The Communication Model:

We all experience the world through our five senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. As there is so much information coming in our direction we consciously and unconsciously delete what we don’t want to pay attention to. We filter the remaining data based on our past experiences values and beliefs. And so, what we end up with is incomplete and inaccurate because some of the original input has been deleted altogether and the rest has been generalised or distorted. The filtered information forms our internal map, which influences our physiology and “ state of being”. This in turn affects our behaviour.

The NLP Communication Model

The NLP Communication Model

The Birth of NLP

At the heart of NLP is the idea of “modelling” human excellence,- which is where the story of NLP begins, in the early 1970’s with the collaboration of Richard Bandler and John Grinder at the University of California.

Bandler was a student of mathematics who had an interest in computer science, got involved in transcribing audio and video tapes for Fritz Pearls the father of Gestalt Therapy and Virginia Satir, the Founder of Family Therapy. He found that by copying certain aspects of their behaviour and language he could achieve similar results, and began running a Gestalt Therapy group on the campus.

Grinder on the other hand was an associate professor of linguistics at the university, he was very captivated by Bandler’s abilities. It wasn’t long before Grinder was able to get the same kind of therapeutic results as Bandler and Perls, by copying what Bandler did and said. Then by a process of subtraction – by systematically leaving various elements out – Grinder was able to determine what was essential and what was irrelevant. Today the techniques are so powerful that many other fields of psychology and counselling use them as part their own.

Benefits Of NLP

You can

  • Acquire skills and attitudes, by accessing your inner resources, which enable you to run your life more successfully
  • Use your mind, your emotions and body more effectively by promoting harmony in the way the conscious and unconscious minds work together.
  • Break free of old patterns of behaviour and generate unlimited potential.
  • Change your thoughts, moods and behaviours.
  • Communicate more effectively e.g. in communication, therapy, sales, management, coaching, teaching etc. Improve performance because it focuses on excellence, and identifies the key components of excellent performance.
  • Achieve good health by breaking free of any destructive thought patterns that spoil the quality of your life.


There is no limitation on the areas in which NLP can successfully transform your current performance. The following are just examples:

  • Therapy – Stopping smoking, losing weight, dealing with fears and phobias, addressing panic/anxiety, depression, M.E., improving medical conditions which have an underlying emotional dimension etc
  • Business coaching – presentations, improving management and communication performance, sales, goal setting etc
  • Personal coaching – improving confidence, addressing self esteem issues, overcoming negative attitudes and beliefs etc
  • Performance coaching – improve sport and business performance, increase creativity etc

All learning behaviour change is unconscious
- If i give you a gift and you don’t accept it, whose gift is it

Time Line Therapy™

You may be familiar with individuals who love to tell tales about things they’ve done or talk about the “good old days” or in other cases who are future – oriented: forever discussing their hopes and dreams. Expressions like “dwelling in the past” and “living for today” give clues to the way we think about time.

How we internally represent time has a far reaching effect on us, because it touches every aspect of our lives. We structure our daily activities around it, and to some extent it dictates to us.

Eliciting Your Timeline

Start by bringing to mind something ordinary you do on regular basis such as eating breakfast, getting out of bed. As you remember doing it yesterday, where do you intuitively sense that memory is in the personal apace around you? If you think in pictures, you might even be able to see it. It could be to your left or right, straight ahead or behind, above or below.

So now imagine doing the same activity for tomorrow. If you’re like most other people, that picture will be in a different location, or you wouldn’t be able to tell the past from the future. Think of them both at the same time, and notice where they are in relation to each other.

Now think of other times when you did the same thing: month ago, a year ago. Where is each located? You may find that all your other memories of carrying out this activity slot into place in a line. Do the same for the future: Imagine yourself performing the activity in one month, a year, and five years. Once again, they may appear to suggest a line.

Benefits of Time Line Therapy™

Time Line Therapy™ can be beneficial in helping remove unwanted negative emotions such as anger, sadness, guilt, and fear.

Removing anxiety
Removing unwanted memories and replacing with positive ones
Goal Setting.

If you want to learn more about NLP and Time Line Therapy™ then what are you waiting for, pick up the phone, or drop us a line, get in touch now, to find out how you can change your life forever!!