Is NLP Therapy? What you need to know…

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While there are thousands of mental health therapists trained in NLP, which stands for Neurolinguistic Programming, you should think twice before using the term NLP therapy.


Because NLP is NOT therapy. In fact, NLP was created as an alternative to therapy.

Interestingly, the developers of NLP (there were many who contributed to the development of NLP) created the foundation of the NLP approach to communication by modeling the most unusual and successful therapists of the day, including Milton Erickson, Fritz Perls and Virginia Satir.

NLP is still not therapy. NLP has found its way into a variety fields, including business management, sales, hypnosis, education, health care, life coaching, sports performance, art, writing, and more.

We don’t call NLP “business” or “education” or “art.” Likewise, we don’t call NLP therapy.

NLP is the study of subjective experience and communication. The heart of NLP is modeling. We look for success, then model it so we can teach it to others.

NLP therapy is a misnomer.

Should you see a therapist of coach who is trained in NLP?

I don’t know. NLP practitioners vary in experience, skill and ethical orientation. You should evaluate an NLP trained therapist or coach the same way you’d evaluate any therapist. Judge his or her merit based on your experience and results.

You should worry less about NLP therapy and more about the person you are about to invest your time with. Are you genuinely impressed? If you spend 20 minutes on the phone with this person, are you more hopeful as a result?

“NLP therapy” is no better than the therapist who practices NLP, period. There is nothing magical about NLP that will heal you in and of itself. NLP is a tool, or an orientation to understanding people and approaching problems and goals.

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