Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

NLP is the practice of understanding how people organize their thoughts, feelings, language, and behaviour to produce the results they do. NLP provides people with a methodology to model outstanding performances achieved by geniuses and leaders in their field. NLP is also used for personal development,  success in business, and in therapy.

A key element of NLP is that we form our unique internal mental maps of the world as a product of the way we filter and perceive information absorbed through our five senses from the world around us.

Each individual has established their own unique mental filtering system for processing the millions of bits of data being absorbed through the senses. Our first mental map of the world is constituted of internal images, sounds, tactile awareness, internal sensations, tastes and smells that form as a result of the neurological filtering process. The first mental map is called ‘First Access’ in NLP.

We then assign personal meaning to the information being received from the world outside. We form our second mental map by assigning language to the internal images, sounds and feelings, tastes, and smells, thus forming everyday conscious awareness. The second mental map is called the Linguistic Map (sometimes known as Linguistic Representation). The behavioural response occurs as a result of neurological filtering processes and the subsequent linguistic map.

Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy (NLPt)


The central idea of NLPt is that we all build within ourselves a model, or representation, of the world we live in and our place in it. It this idea of the world that helps live from day to day, understand our past experiences, and motivates us to achieve our goals. It is the work of the NLPt therapist to help and guide you through exploring the make-up of your personal model through your emotions (what you feel and what this means to you), your language (what and how you use words), and your behaviours (what you actually do). You will have the opportunity to enhance these where they are useful and positive for you and to learn new perspectives and skills to help to heal any past wounds, communicate more effectively with those around you and create a more positive future.