‘Surely NLP doesn’t go as deep as long term psychotherapy? I mean any change that fast has to be superficial doesn’t it? And surely you can’t really expect someone to realistically call themselves a psychotherapist after a training just lasting a couple of weeks?’
That’s what someone asked me the other day when I said I ran NLP trainings.
A common question from people who have trained in longer term therapies or psychoanalysis or have spent a long time in therapy.
Well, first of all most people wouldn’t expect to be psychotherapists after attending an NLP Practitioner course. Although I have seen some places where the marketing does give that false impression.
When I first trained in NLP back in 1990, there were about 80 people on the training and most of them were there for personal development. Back then, very few people thought that after attending the course they would become an NLP trainer or psychotherapist.
The current climate has changed a lot – things have become a lot more commercial and people are setting up trainings after minimal experience themselves.
Therefore the quality of coaching and training involving NLP can be very variable and to get results, you really need to put the work in.
In fact, I did an interview for a business consultant in the states a couple of weeks ago and he said that in the USA NLP has been relatively unspoken about for the last decade.
But if you’ve attended a good training in NLP, or had a session with a great Practitioner, you’ll no doubt have found the amazing results that you really can get with NLP.
I mean, in just a short time I’ve helped people get over phobias for going on trains, planes, snakes, spiders – I’ve helped people get over fear of public speaking, lose weight, stop smoking and get their business to a massively successful level from virtually nowhere.
So I know that NLP works when it’s used right – and I’ve seen countless students of mine get great results with other people.
You see, NLP can get deep, long lasting results with people, but there are a few key principles that make it work.
Some principles are:
1 It’s more about principles than technique – just reading a script from a book won’t get results – you have to have an understanding of the principles behind the techniques
2 You need to discover what’s going on in the person’s ‘map of the world’ – sometimes modeling how they do the problem is a really powerful way to gain insight in the best method to help them change
3 Flexibility is key – what works for one person may not work for another – you need to be flexible to get great results. If you only have one approach, you’re going to limit your results massively. The NLP Practitioner training teaches the core techniques of NLP. On the Master Practitioner training you learn about flexibility and principles – how to tailor your approach for the individual.