What is NLP and Hypnosis and how can it benefit you?

NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming. 

NLP is a behavioural and cognitive psychology that grew out of the Human Potential Movement (HPM).


Many people were involved in the development and fine-tuning  of what we today call NLP, such as:  


William James, Aldous Huxley, Carl Rogers, Viktor Frankl, Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir, Gregory Bateson and Moshe Feldenkrais.

Neuro  - comes from neurology. Our senses - visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, olfactory, gustatory.

Linguistics  - refers to the way in which language affects our perception of the world and in turn creates certain behaviours.

Programming  - refers to the concept that the neural network pathways are programmed to work in predictable ways.

NLP is a methodology of modelling. It is the process of recognising patterns of excellence and defining them in such a way that others can use them.

NLP requires both an attitude of curiosity and a scientific and playful approach to experiment beyond the traditional paradigms. NLP is not so much interested in the 'why' but in the 'how' to get results.

Major influences on NLP are as follows:

  • General Semantics: Non Aristotelian Systems. Alfred Korzybski. The map is not the territory.
    • Transformational Grammar: An evolution from General Semantics. A change in the structure of language affects behaviour. Linguistic analysis.

    • Logical Levels: Steps to an ecology of mind. Gregory Bateson.

    • Stimulus response conditioning: Ivan Pavlov.

    • Family Therapy: Virginia Satir. The Meta Model.

    • Hypnosis: Milton Erickson. The Milton Model.

    • Gestalt therapy: Fritz Perls.

    • Body work: Moshe Feldenkrais.

    • Physics: Laser technology and foray patterns.

    • Systems theory: Strategies. Galanter, Miller and Pribram.

    • Quantum physics: The observer influences the subject and therefore the outcome.

    • Psychology: William James. Principles of Psychology 1891.

NLP is a process of discovery that leaves behind it a trail of techniques. The techniques that are written up in the books and taught at workshops are not NLP. They are the results of applying the NLP methodology of modelling.

So how can NLP help you?

There are three main things people struggle with every day of their lives. In a nutshell NLP teaches us that these three things are:

  • • What do you really want in life? (Instead of what you don’t want anymore.)

  • • How to get rid of the barriers, conflicts or obstacles that prevent you from getting there.

  • • How do you make what you want happen? (And this is the most important one.)

Achieving your new level of excellence in life with the help of NLP is easy.

NLP can be used as a therapy to heal the past and to help people change bad habits. Most importantly NLP can be used to create peak performance in the areas of business, sales, health, sport, education and learning. NLP can be used to influence most things in a person's life. The NLP models can be applied to an organisation as well as an individual, and can be applied to the study of any discipline such as science and religion.


Hypnosis is all around you. You are hypnotised daily and since birth. The hypnotic state can feel like a relaxed, focussed trance like state or be much more subtle. In a session with me, you remain in awareness and you are in control. 

Hypnotherapy in a nutshell is the process of using hypnosis for therapeutic outcomes. Combining NLP with hypnosis makes therapy very effective. Therapy may include some elements of coaching. Some preparation or post session work may be given as part of the process. 


If you wish to change undesired habits, such as addiction to cigarettes, marijuana, alcohol and unhealthful foods, then hypnosis is effective, but this does depend on the specific situation and hence may only be effective to a degree.


If you have experiences such as: trauma, negative emotions, low self esteem, lack of confidence, stress and addictions, then a more cognitive structured approach is helpful and hence we draw upon some of the MANY tools within NLP.

In regard to weight loss, people may seek help to gain motivation to exercise, thinking that somehow hypnotherapy can be used to make them feel motivated. But motivation is not a feeling that you can attach to a behaviour. Motivation is a nominalisation. People generally lack motivation because they don’t have a well defined goal or because the goal holds insufficient meaning for them. In this case we use NLP to build a well formed outcome (a goal) and then add intentionality and value to the steps involved in taking action towards the goal. 

Hypnosis is not like visiting a doctor, taking a drug, having an anaesthetic or having surgery. Hypnosis is a state of mind that allows you to access inner resources and think about things in a new way such that you can make steps towards acheiving a desired outcome.