Developed by: Richard Bandler & John Grinder
Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy (NLPt) is a specialised form of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). The idea is that we work from and react to the world as we construct it from our experiences rather than directly from the “real world”. We build our own unique models or maps of the world. Although all such maps are genuine to each of us, no one map is fully able to represent the “real world”. Further, NLP is a way of exploring how people think, identifying success and then applying these successful actions or even beliefs in ways that work. This has proved practical and effective in a wide range of applications and situations. Using this form of what is called “modelling” change can be quite quick. NLPT is broadly based and draws on concepts from many areas of psychology and psychotherapy.
Influences stem from the Gestalt ‘school’, the family therapy of Virginia Satir, Ericksonian brief therapy, and humanistic psychology. There are also clear links with the fields of systems theory, behavioural psychology and linguistics. More can be found on our website, What happens in the therapy? The Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapist and Counsellor will seek to help you, the client, to identify your desired states, i.e., your goals and dreams. You’ll then seek to achieve them by using your own and new resources and skills. This can involve you in experimenting with changing beliefs that limit your success, identifying new beliefs, and/or gaining insights into patterns of your behaviour, which help you to have more choices.
~Excerpt from Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy and Counselling Association