Neuro-linguistic programming or NLP, is the practice of understanding how people assemble their thoughts, emotions, language and behaviour to gain perspective into how thinking patterns affect every aspect of a person’s life. NLP can be used for many reasons but the most popular are, support with stress and anxiety, confidence, parenting, dyslexia and business. A key element of NLP is that people form their unique internal mental maps of the world as a product of the way they filter and perceive information absorbed through their five senses from the world around them. NLP uses a variety of methods and models which can help produce an understanding of thought processes and behaviour that can create a positive change and understanding in people.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is a talking therapy that can help a person manage the issues they may be facing by changing the way that they think and behave. CBT is based on the idea that how people think (cognition), how they feel (emotion) and how they act (behaviour) are all interconnected. This form of therapy believes that negative thoughts and feelings can hold people in a vicious cycle. CBT’s aim is to help people deal with overwhelming issues they face in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. Unlike other forms of therapy, CBT focuses more on current problems a person faces rather than issues from their past. It is commonly used to treat illnesses such as, depression and anxiety but can be used to treat other mental and physical problems. It is effective in treating anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism, insomnia and phobias.
Hypnotherapy is an alternative form of therapy that uses hypnosis to try to treat or change a person’s mental/ physical condition. The hypnotherapy approach believes that people are driven by their subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy activates a deep relaxation response in a person’s body which reduces sympathetic nervous system activity, decreases blood pressure, slows heart rate, and accelerates healing. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. People are in control of their hypnotic state in each moment. They can choose to explore their subconscious and the images, sensations, and memories there or they can choose to open their eyes and return to the room at any time. Hypnotherapy cannot be done to a person. Hypnosis will not work if they are not wanting it, willing, and focused on healing. The hypnotherapist can only guide a person, they are responsible for participating fully, dedicating the time and space needed, and practicing self-hypnosis. Another disadvantage of hypnotherapy is that it is not a quick fix. In most cases, 4 to 6 sessions are needed for the full effects of hypnotherapy to create last healing and change. In the case of chronic disease, you may find that 12 to 24 sessions are necessary for lasting change. What is said in any hypnogogic state, if accepted willingly by your subconscious, can take a major effect on your life.