NLP is a system of alternative therapy which seeks to educate people in self awareness and effective communication, and to change their patterns of mental and emotional behaviour. It can be applied to all aspects of one’s response to Life, as it gives you tools to become your own master and decision maker. In short, it is a highly effective self empowerment programme. The founders, Richard Bandler and John Grinder, described it as ‘helping people have better, fuller and richer lives’.

There are many rather obscure and hard to read books on NLP, attempting to fit it into a scientific model. This is the antithesis of NLP, which is a new model standing on its own, and which is actually very simple and direct in its methods. We use it to support our treatments and to instil motivation. It is also great for treating fears and phobias, depression and psychosomatic illnesses. It can be used with learning and behavioural disorders. Used with skill, it will release the true potential of the mind and body.

NLP has found favour with personal and business coaches, who use its methods to great effect. As it includes a study of body language and tonality as well as words, it allows the user to read a person or situation very clearly. It also teaches techniques for very effective influencing of the mind, both of self and others, so it needs to be used responsibly and ethically. It is an amazing, mind-expanding tool, and the mind once expanded will never shrink again! Rather, Life expands to fit the new You.

Ralph McCutcheon is a Master Practitioner of NLP.

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