NLP

What is NLP?

You could think of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) as an owner's manual for the brain. It is the science of how the brain codes learning and experience. This coding affects all communication and behaviour. It affects how you learn and how you experience the world around you.
It is a key to reaching goals and achieving excellence.

The 'Neuro' part of NLP acknowledges the fundamental idea that all behaviour stems from our neurological processes of sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and feeling. We experience the world through our five senses, making sense of the information and then acting on it.

The 'Linguistic' part of the title indicates that we use language and other non-verbal communication to order our thoughts and behaviour and to communicate with others.

The 'Programming' refers to ways we can choose to organise our ideas, our sequences of repetitive behaviour and actions, to produce results.

So NLP explores the relationship between how we think (Neuro), how we communicate (Linguistic) and our patterns of behaviour (Programming).

Although well grounded in psychological theory and research, NLP is first and foremost about action rather than theory .Neuro-Linguistic Programming was specifically created in order to produce new ways of understanding how verbal and non-verbal communication affect the human brain. As such it presents us all with the opportunity to not only communicate better with others, but also learn how to gain more control over what we considered to be automatic functions of our own neurology.
NLP is an effective proven vehicle for accelerated human change, radically altering the 'old way' of lengthy psychotherapy.

The History of NLP

NLP was initially created by linguist Dr John Grinder and computer scientist and Gestalt therapist Dr Richard Bandler. They wanted to know why certain therapists achieved spectacular results while others appeared to use the same techniques but were much less successful. They studied the work of experts in their fields such as hypnotherapist Milton Erickson, MD, Fritz Perls of Gestalt therapy, anthropologist Gregory Bateson and Virginia Satir of family systems therapy. Bandler and Grinder together, produced a linguistic model that identified the language patterns of these gifted individuals. The synthesis of their findings; a blend of cognitive and behavioural science, resulted in the technology known as Neuro-Linguistic Programming. In the 30+ years since it was first developed, NLP has grown, changed and expanded, and it continues to do so today.

Although well grounded in psychological theory and research, NLP is first and foremost about action rather than theory. It deals with the structure of subjective experience, how we organise what we see, hear and feel and how we edit and filter the outside world through our senses. NLP is a model of communication that focuses on identifying and using patterns of thought that influence a person's behaviour as a means of improving the quality and effectiveness of their lives.

So what does that mean?

Well, it means that by knowing how your brain works you can change it so that is always working for you and improving your life and the lives of those around you.

On the personal side, NLP will enable you to:

  • use communication more effectively
  • learn strategies for staying in a confident and motivated state
  • learn the art of body language and maintaining rapport
  • learn methods for setting outcomes so that they can be easily achieved
  • develop ways to create positive emotional states in others
  • learn techniques for modelling excellence
  • learn tactics to dissolve fears and phobias

With NLP Life Coaching you will:

  • Achieve your goals
  • Improve relationships and communication
  • Get out of a rut
  • Control you own internal mental states
  • Create powerful new internal states
  • Align your internal resources for maximum enjoyment
  • Communicate quickly and effectively
  • Make your life more fun than you could have ever imagined


In short, you will find it easier to achieve your personal and professional goals, because you'll gain greater access to your internal resources, remove obstacles that have been holding you back as well as enjoying the whole process of positive change.

In Scotland, James is probably unique in his field as he has trained with both Dr Richard Bandler and Dr John Grinder -attaining Master Practitioner in NLP and in New Code NLP