Neuro-linguistic psychotherapy (NLPt) goes much deeper than CBT and even neurolinguistic programming (NLP), in that it looks for the way the client has ‘constructed’ their experience of the world.
NLP explores ‘how’ people think, identify successful outcomes and then apply these successful actions or beliefs in ways which work. Whilst the client is always in control of the overall direction of the work, and indeed each session, much of the focus is on working with the client’s unconscious and somatic mind, their ‘deep structure’, hence it is very powerful.
In NLP therapy the therapist acts like an explorer, often not knowing how each session will emerge, going with the client’s need and having the overall outcome in mind at all times. A basic belief of nlp psychotherapy is that the client already has all the answers and solutions within their own unconscious mind and body-mind system, and the therapists job is to reveal them and collaboratively put them to use.
Sue’s skill lies in paying exquisite attention and enabling the client to discover the inner structure that is generating the presenting problem, so that the client begins to have a clear feeling of what restructuring would serve them better.
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