Why is NLP a part of Cognitive Hypnotic Psychotherapy?

Cognitive Hypnotic Psychotherapy is training program for healthcare practitioners and is an integration of various modes of therapy and models of human behaviours. One such model of behaviour is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). A frequently asked question as a result is, “Is NLP a therapy? If not then why is it included in a course for becoming therapist?”

Let’s understand what NLP is first.

As human beings, we do not operate directly upon reality. Every person has his / her own model or map of the world (his / her perspective). Its this map that drives our behaviour.

Among other things, NLP is a model that helps us understand the maps that people have. In other words it is the “MODEL OF HUMAN BEHAVIOUR“. It also consists of an explicit set of tools and techniques that make personal change quick and effective.

Is NLP a therapy?

The answer is no. NLP by itself is not a therapy, but it is a brilliant tool to be used in conjunction with any therapeutic process to get effective and lasting results and enhances the quality of therapy.

Its spirit is built on the idea of ‘go for it’. Simply put, NLP is an attitude! With this attitude, NLP looks at methods of creating models (need based). Primary model here is model of human behaviour.

It provides a very useful perspective on the why and how of behaviour, the various strategies which people use to continue behaving the way they behave. This helps the therapist understand the driving force behind the undesired behavior.

NLP also consists of various practical tools / techniques that focus on building certain skills  which by themselves make not be therapeutic but enhance the effectiveness of any therapeutic modality. For example certain NLP techniques are very useful for building rapport. Now rapport by itself will not be therapeutic at the same time it is a well known fact that the quality of rapport between the therapist and client has a big influence on the quality & effectiveness of therapy.

However, not everyone has these skills. With NLP we have incorporated skills like rapport, asking questions (Meta model & Inverse meta model), effective observation & calibration etc. as a part of the program (p.s. I am not saying that other therapies don’t! Some do, some don’t, and it is okay). These techniques are a therapist’s delight. Mental health care practitioners, who have used it, are likely to agree!

Thus NLP becomes an awesome add-on for a therapist. The openness to experimentation, curiosity and zeal to work with clients to bring about a change, in general enhances the quality of the process.

Another aspect of NLP that we really liked is its focus on helping clients focus on skills they need to create the necessary change and then to use different methods / techniques to help them develop and apply these skills effectively.

It is important to understand that when we talk about integrating NLP in our courses, we are not really talking only about the trail of techniques that NLP offers but more so the spirit & the attitude behind NLP.

October 18, 2019
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