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Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Rewiring how your brain represents experience


Neuro = the nervous system through which experience is received and processed through the five senses.

Linguistic = Language and nonverbal communication systems through which neural representations are coded, ordered and given meaning.

Programming = the ability to organize our communication and neurological systems to achieve specific desired goals and results.

The brain filters stimuli and stores it  within a large network of sensory representation systems, including sight, sound, touch, smell, feel and taste. An example of how this works:


There’s a song you listened to often during the first time you ever fell in love. Now, whenever you hear that song you feel:


  • a flush of happiness if the relationship went well

  • a surge of sadness and remorse if things ended poorly

All of our memories are coded this way. When something reminds us of trauma the brain immediately searches inside itself for associations and then represents back to you what it finds in the way of mental pictures and emotions that create behaviors and reactions. The more often these pathways and connections are fired the more they gain strength. For people struggling with the effects of trauma this means their own minds continue to reinforce the negative neural pathways.

Computer Programming

The good news is that the brain is very open to change. In fact, every experience you have creates new neural pathways, which means the opportunity to change your brain literally exists in every second. Together we can use the properties of NLP to help you:

  • isolate personal thought and representation strategies

  • identify where they are counter-productive

  • redirect them for more positive effects

In the trauma recovery process NLP functions as a tool to assess where the representational strategies are not positively functioning and evolve them so that new neural pathways and actions are formed.


NLP does this by:

  • focusing on the present

  • determining desired outcomes for the future

  • teaching people to use their brains to make change

  • eliciting behavioral strategies and making modifications

  • engaging the power of the subconscious mind and imagination

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