The word therapy has all sorts of negative connotations in the UK whereas in the USA, it is very common to have a therapist. Essentially therapy is a “treatment intended to heal a disorder” and to be more specific when working with the mind “The treatment of mental or psychological disorders by psychological means.” A disorder, in this context, is ANYTHING that disrupts mental functions.
Conventional “talking therapies” involve a lot of, surprisingly enough, talking! Many conventional therapies revolve around the client talking about their problems and traumas in their life. Essentially they are reliving them in the present which, whilst it might have some form of therapeutic benefit, is quite uncomfortable for the client. We describe this approach as dealing with the ‘content’ of the experiences of the client.
The NLP approach is considerably different. We are not so interested in what a client thinks (what is the content of the experiences), we are interested in HOW they think. Why? Simply because if we understand how they think we can help them making changes to eliminate the problem and, because we are not dealing with the content of the past, the whole process is much more comfortable for the client AND much faster!
We know that all learning, behaviour and change happens at the unconscious level and the NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner has a vast array of tools that operate at the unconscious level to assist a client to make changes in their thinking to rid themselves of problems that they have created from their past.
One of the tools that we use is something called Time Line Therapy. This process has been around for the best part of 30 years and essentially helps the client get rid of negative emotions that they have stored up in their neurology from past events. This is particularly useful since negative emotions can play a large part in any decision you make on a day to day basis.
Time Line Therapy will also allow the client to get rid of those limiting beliefs that they have about themselves which define their life and their future. For example if a client didn’t believe in themselves then the consequence of them running this belief on a day to day basis is enormous. They won’t apply for that job, they won’t go for that relationship, they won’t go for that promotion and they won’t compete. If that limiting belief is eliminated who knows what they can achieve.
I like to think of therapy as just a way of helping a client clear those things that are blocking their progress or stopping their happiness in life. It is not a negative thing, it is a hugely positive process and should be regarded as such.
An NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner understand the concept of strategies. Everyone will run thousands of strategies every day seeing as you have a strategy for everything that you do including the things that don’t work well for you. By understanding strategies in the world of NLP we can find out the strategy that doesn’t work and change it leaving the client doing things differently in the future.
How about working with the client’s values? Values are an unconscious filter of the unconscious mind and determine what is important to the client and what they spend time on. Sometimes the values that a client has are not aligned with what they want in life leaving them consistently feeling disappointed that they are not getting or achieving what they want. An NLP Master Practitioner knows how to elicit the client’s values and help the client change them should they so wish.
NLP Therapy Summary
The benefit of working with NLP & Time Line Therapy in a therapeutic context is that the process is fast, long lasting and comfortable for the client.