Neuro-linguistic Therapy

By George Lee | 31 March 2020 | NLP Articles

Neuro-linguistic Therapy

Neuro-linguistic therapy is a very diverse and finely organized field that deals with personal development. The most crucial aspect of neuro-linguistic therapy is the adjustment to the patient. Change is achieved by mirroring, i.e., imitation of the client in his posture, gestures, intonations, breathing rhythm, etc. to create a bridge of confidential understanding.

You should also establish the primary representative system on which the client "speaks" and adapt to it, that is, use the same sensory-specific terms. To anchor a particular condition or reaction of a patient in neuro-linguistic therapy, an "anchor" is used. For instance, a wave of the hand, a nod of the head, etc.

The use of the "anchor" allows you again to cause the same state or the same reaction. In particular, using the "anchor," you can consolidate the positive effect obtained during therapy.

For re-shaping, the following six-step procedure can be used:

  1. Identify a specific unwanted behavior or symptom. This may be a physiological symptom or any action that the client cannot resist. This can be any behavior that interferes with the client or prevents him from behaving desirably.
  2. Get in touch with the psychological part of the client (subpersonality) that generates the specified behavior. This step begins to build a bridge between conscious and unconscious processes.

You can offer the client in his imagination to place this part of his personality on the empty chair in front of him. The client pays attention to any reaction (sounds, visual pictures, feelings, or words) that occur in his inner world. The therapist monitors any behavioral reactions that the client may not notice.

For effective work at this stage, the client must achieve some degree of trance. Therapists often use an ideomotor response to get a convincing answer. The client is asked to raise his index finger and ask a question.

  1. Identify the intent behind the behavior or symptom. To do this, invite the client to ask the part of the person responsible for causing the behavior or symptom: "What are you trying to do for me (this behavior)?" The answer may come in pictures, words, feelings, feelings, etc.
  2. Find three new ways to satisfy your intention. Most often, this is done by contacting the creative part of the client with a request to create three new, more satisfactory ways of fulfilling the intention. If the client does not have a creative part, create it. This can be done by remembering the situation when the client was creative and establishing an "anchor" that provides access to this creative part (creativity).

This point of the strategy is based on the belief that therapy should not only deal with the symptom but rather find new behaviors that are more adaptive than the previous ones and provide the person with more options. A person is not an enemy of himself and prefers more useful ways of behavior if he really recognizes them as such.

  1. Offer the initially allocated part to accept new opportunities and take responsibility for their implementation if necessary.
    This test is essential because what is considered good may be undesirable or too complex to complete, etc.
  2. Carry out an environmental audit. As the last step, invite the client to ask themselves if any of his parts are opposed to the negotiations that took place. If a positive answer arises concerning the negotiations and their outcome, make sure that it is in the affirmative.