Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a therapeutic approach that focuses on the awareness of how people process their environments and circumstances and how these perceptions affect behavior. A neuro-linguistic programming practitioner shows the clients how their neurological processing and beliefs about the world are the underlying causes of their behavior.
A basic principle of neuro-linguistic programming theory is that humans only understand reality through their perceptions. The sensory perceptions of the world around us are the foundations of our beliefs and thoughts. However, each individual views reality differently and therefore develops differing thought patterns.
The NLP practitioner identifies the root causes of the client’s problematic behavior by considering the client’s perceptions of the situations. The therapist uses language to help change the person’s reactions to environmental cues that may be causing difficulties for the client.
For example, the client may have problems feeling that people are judging them harshly. An NLP therapist might use touch and language to encourage the client to feel more confident in situation where they previously felt self-conscious or demeaned.
An NLP practitioner may consider how others handle the situations that are problematic for the client in order to find possible changes in perception that may benefit the client. For example, a client with a phobia may be encouraged to consider the ways that people without the phobia view the feared object. The neuro-linguistic programming practitioner may make several suggestions before finding the right language and perception that can help the client.
As a treatment method, the neuro-linguistic programming approach includes forming models based on the perceptions and achievement of individuals. It is believed that if one person can approach a challenge and succeed that others can be taught to do the same. The NLP method include flexibility to try different ways of overcoming a problem until a solution is found. This is not a method that declares that a single solution will work for everyone.
The NLP practitioner will encourage the individual to recognize the choices that are available rather than not taking responsibility for the problematic behavior. Many people use excuses for their own behavior and blame others for their reactions. A neuro-linguistic programming practitioner can help the client to accept responsibility for their actions and identify other options for their behavior which can be an empowering experience. The client gains self-awareness of how their perceptions are shaping their behavior which allows the client to be more insightful when facing similar situations.
Neuro-linguistic programming can be used to treat a variety of mental illnesses such as anxiety disorders and depression. The neuro-linguistic programming practitioner can help people overcome phobias and traumatic experiences that has a lasting impact on the person’s life. In addition to mental illnesses, the neuro-linguistic programming practitioner can aid people who want to be more confident, handle stress effectively, and achieve their goals.