Neuro Linguistic Programming is the study of the structure of subjective experience

Richard Bandler (background; Gestalt and Mathematics) and John Grinder (background; Linguistics) developed NLP in the 1970’s for the purpose of making explicit models of human behaviour.  They modeled the major therapists of the time to understand how they did what they did.  They were:

  • Milton Erickson (the creator of modern Hypnotherapy)
  • Virginia Satir (the world renowned Family Therapist) and
  • Fritz Perls (the creator of Gestalt therapy).

As a result of this work and their own individual contributions, under the name of Neuro Linguistic Programming, we now have a greater understanding of the relationship between the brain, language and the body.

Through the years, NLP has developed into a very powerful set of techniques and skills for communication and change and is used in a wide range of professional areas including; education, health, creativity, law, management, sales, leadership, consultancy, training, therapy and coaching.

Neuro The nervous system (mind) through which our experience is processed via our six senses:

Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Olfactory, Gustatory, Intuition

Linguistic The language we use to describe and categorise our world and to make sense of our experience using:

Pictures, Sounds, Feelings, Tastes, Smells, Words (Self Talk)


Sequences that repeat, i.e. patterns of thought and behaviour that help or hinder us.

As well as being a collection of techniques, NLP is an attitude, based on curiosity and exploration, ease and excellence and having fun.  This leads to questions such as:

  • What do you want?
  • What works?
  • How do you do that?
  • What is the difference that makes the difference?

The objective of all NLP techniques is to change patterns of thought and behaviour that are limiting, increase choice, awareness and wholeness.