NLP and Therapy

Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) should be regarded as something different than Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy (NLPt). NLP was created in the seventies by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California. They modeled a couple of therapists who were known for their brilliant work and their wonderful results. These were amongst other the Gestalt therapist Fritz Perls, the family therapist Virginia Satir and the hypnotherapist Milton Erickson. After this beginning NLP evolved in many directions, like motivation in companies, communication technology, and also therapy and coaching. The latter wants to distinguish itself more, as in Holland we now made a connection with the European organization EANLPt. This EANLPt is part of the European association for psychotherapy, the EAP.

NLPt uses the tools of NLP as a basis for the work. So the work is very much outcome oriented. The NLP therapist has also sufficient knowledge in the area of psychopathology: mental diseases, personality disorders, etc.

Robert McDonald once gave me this paraphrase about NLP: "it teaches how to run your brain." Starting point is that the way you think determines your emotions. People all think in images, sounds, feelings, tastes and smells, our 5 senses. In NLP: VAKOG, or: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory and gustatory.

NLP trainer Robert Dilts described the logical levels: environment - behavior - capabilities, or thinking - beliefs - identity and spirituality. Also he claims (according to Einstein) that you cannot solve a problem at the same level on which is was created. For the different levels there are different kinds of techniques.

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