Holistic Therapy & Personal Development Services
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First established 1993
Welcome to Scotland's Premier Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Counselling, Life Coaching, NLP and Holistic Personal Development Site'Therapeutic care & Personal Development - The solution to your problems is in you'
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Edinburgh and Glasgow. (CNHC registered hypnotherapist)
We have two fully qualified therapists on staff, and a network of trusted colleagues around the UK we refer to.
We are complementary health practitioners, not alternative health practitioners. This means that we work WITH the medical profession. If you have an illness or injury, or if you are going to embark on a new diet, fitness plan or if you have any uninvestigated symptoms, you must consult your medical doctor.
Neuro Linguistic Programming - NLP
NLP is often misquoted or misunderstood. At it's heart it is a modelling system developed by Bandler and Grinder. It's true purpose was to find ways of modelling experts in their fields, find out why they were so good, and enable other practitioners in their fields to recreate that brilliance. Thus NLP soon became associated with the search for excellence.
NLP is usually associated with two areas: Marketing and Therapy. This is because business marketing including sales, and personal therapies were the main areas that were modelled. Thus sales, psychotherapy, Gestalt, CBT, Hypnotherapy, group therapy and a range of other source material were examined and modelled.
The practical result was that a rich diversity of highly applicable tools, methods and systems were accumulated. In theory this meant that the "best" of a range of systems was modelled and practitioners of NLP would then be able to apply these at a similar level to the "best experts" in the field.
In practice of course things are a little different. It is true that the toolbox associated with NLP is diverse and highly applicable. In cases where the client has no deep underlying problems that need clinical or holistic treatment, NLP can be highly effective. The highly accessible and "easy to learn" methods work very well with minor or surface issues and for personal development.
For deeper underlying issues the client should be careful of seeking NLP as a source of rapid easy answers! This is not what NLP is really designed for. The tools available in NLP elicit rapid change and personal development through empowerment, personal training and behavioural change. It is a rapid change therapy and does not truly address deeper emotional issues. Therefore if you are looking to "improve" something or have minor problems, NLP could provide rapid results. If you have deeper issues then NLP alone is not appropriate.
NLP in combination with professional therapies
If combined with professional therapy methods, NLP can really come into it's own. Because NLP practitioners have studies BOTH the toolbox associated with NLP, and the ability to model other methods, a professional therapist with NLP training is able to add many more tools and competencies onto their existing professional training.
A well qualified therapist who is also NLP trained is able to use professional therapies where appropriate for underlying issues, and NLP tools where appropriate for client empowerment. This combination is highly powerful.
Note to readers: the exact content of NLP practitioner training courses is not a fully agreed area, thus different training courses may emphasis different content. Sample content is available at the ANLP (Association for NLP) website. However the variance in content makes it even more important to seek support from a practitioner with a sound therapeutic background in the area you need support in.
So NLP is not a therapy?
No NLP is not a therapy. It is a modelling system that allows NLP practitioners to use source material from therapies. This is then provided in a similar way to life coaching or cognitive behavioural training, but without the depth you would expect from professional therapists qualified in those areas.
So how do I choose an NLP practitioner to help me?
Look for a practitioner with a sound background in therapies. These might include Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching, Sports coaching, Psychotherapy, Counselling. The practitioner should also then have some qualification in NLP, such as a diploma in NLP, NLP Practitioner training, or NLP Master Practitioner training. They might also have studies NLP as part of Hypnotherapy, CBT or Life Coaching training, or they may have been assessed in their competence in providing NLP and Coaching training in practice, for example as part of an NVQ training and development award. Most importantly look for:
- Good base in professional therapy
- NLP training and or qualification
- Adherence to National Occupational Standards
- Registration and Insurance
Naturally we adhere to high standards of NLP provision. Stuart is the NLP practitioner in our practice. Stuart holds an ASET Level 3 accredited NLP Diploma award, was assessed in actual NLP use as part of an NVQ Level IV Training and Development Award, has studied NLP as part of a number of other professional qualifications, and is a training provider of NLP workshops and courses to professional industry standards. NLP is provided according to the Healing NOS National Occupational Standards, and the Counselling NOS (1995) where appropriate. NLP is largely derived from advanced Hypnotherapy using what is known as the "Milton Model". Stuart also holds an ASET Level 4 Hypnotherapy Award.
Stuart has written an advanced practitioner training diploma in NLP (ASET Level 4 NLP Award). The award is already available via our colleagues at Stonebridge.
In the first instance drop us an email or use the feedback form to contact us. We can then advise whether we feel we can appropriately assist you.
We are both subject to therapy regulation. Stuart is a CNHC registered hypnotherapist (voluntary regulation of hypnotherapy).
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