If you have been looking to build your skills as therapist, you have probably heard about these terms more than once – NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming and CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Read on to understand how the two are similar or different.
NLP and CBT are similar, in the sense that both provide a framework using which you can attempt to understand the way your clients think and help them move beyond limiting beliefs to what is more beneficial to them.
Before we go any further, let us understand what both mean.
You may have read or heard about the famous phobia cure of NLP. NLP is the study of subjective experience – how language and perception affects our behaviour. In NLP, you study about how we filter the information we receive to make sense of it and how we communicate and behave based on our interpretation.
Changing the perception, to see and hear what truly ‘is’ and the communication to become more productive can help us overcome what seems to be stopping us from achieving what we want. Many coaches and corporate leaders use NLP today but NLP can be utilised by anyone who wants to set and achieve any goals.
CBT developed primarily as a therapeutic technique to enable people to understand how thoughts trigger behaviour and affect how they feel.
CBT is mainly used in therapeutic contexts to help people reprogram their patterns of thought. For instance, many rules we learn as kids may need to be updated as our experience broadens. When we don’t, it starts causing problems as adults.
In this sense, all the three: Hypnosis, NLP and CBT can be integrated to create a powerful change process. Cognitive Hypnotic Psychotherapy™ Program offers a powerful framework based on this integration.
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