NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming

NLP, or Neuro Linguistic Programming - is the study and application (Art and Science) of how we identify and use our naturally occurring language patterns to create effective change - professionally and personally - for ourselves and others.

Theses are patterns we are unaware we use, and we are more than likely unaware of these patterns in others.

We use these same patterns throughout our lives - through our sensory experiences (seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, and tasting) and our language - verbal and non-verbal.

Once we understand the particular patterns we use, we can apply specific strategies and techniques to create change in our lives and achieve our desired goals.

Once we learn how to use these tools we can help create effective change in others.



A little history of the 'Art and Science" of NLP.

It was created in 1975 by Richard Bandler, a mathematician and Gestalt therapist and John Grinder, a linguist,who began studying and modeling the repeated patterns of persons considered to be the 'top' in their field. Some of these people were Milton Erickson MD - hypnotherapist, Virginia Satir -family therapist, and Fritz Perls - Gestalt therapist.

This field has grown considerably since then and it continues to evolve with many more "Models of Excellence" contributing to it.

Here is a video from one of the creators of NLP - Richard Bandler:




Dissecting the terms:
  • Neuro ~ refers to the neurological processes through which our life's experiences are processed - i.e.: our senses of sight, sound, feeling, smell, and taste.
  • Linguistic ~ refers to language - verbal and non-verbal. Our experiences are coded, ordered and given meaning through language.
  • Programming ~ refers to the ability to discover, use, and change the programs that we run to achieve our desired outcomes



Another way to look at it is - It's all about...

Communication, Communication, Communication.

What we say - to ourselves and others, how we say it to ourselves and others.

What our tone and expressions are, our body language.

What we process when we look or listen to others.

And... is the underlying neurology behind it all.

NLP is the study of the neurology of language - verbal and non-verbal, and the application of strategies and techniques to help create effective change in a person that enables them to communicate more effectively - in business , academics , and in their personal lives . This in turn helps them to achieve their goals.


NLP Coaching is the ongoing relationship between a Coach and a Client using these techniques and CYF processes to assist a client to produce the desired goals/results for whichever area of life -( career , relationships , personal growth , spirituality , health/wellness ), business , or education is indicated. The coach and client meet regularly during the coaching relationship.

At Total Life coaching we offer coaching for all areas of your life, using the specific strategies and techniques of Neuro Linguisitic Programming, to assist you in creating the life you want. Our certified courses in NLP will give you the tools to enhance your own personal and professional development, and enable you to assist others to make lasting change in their lives.


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