Book Review: Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy, By Lisa Wake

Wake up discusses the influences which have informed the principles, skills, and presuppositions of NLP. Further, Wake reviews some of the fundamental presuppositions of NLP and puts these in the circumstance of neurolinguistic psychotherapy. The girl addresses how neurolinguistic psychotherapists have taken the fundamental principles of NLP and designed them to work effectively in therapeutic context. Awaken places neurolinguistic psychotherapy in the context of other kinds of psychotherapy.Related image

She discusses the influences of, and the interrelationships between, various schools of thought as they relate to NLP; including humanistic and existential psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, Gestalt psychotherapy, systemic and family treatment, psychodynamic therapies, and cognitive behavioral therapy. The many areas she considers set up the theoretical basis for NLP practice and brings this up to time with consideration of emerging findings in neuroscience.

Above the course of several chapters Wake discusses neurolinguistic psychotherapy’s perspective on personality, language and cognition, and patterns of programming in a highly integrative manner. She discusses numerous areas where neurolinguistic intervention shows up particularly effective, for example through the use of the chinese language patterns offered by NLP. She considers findings in the neuroscience regarding emotional dysfunction and cognition. The lady frequently cites Shore (2003) who discusses the neurological impact of ΨΥΧΟΛΟΓΟΙ ΑΘΗΝΑ ΡΑΝΤΕΒΟΥ and information on the establishing brain and how these processes can be impacted through psychotherapy and with NLP techniques.

She notes that there is evidence that nerve re-patterning occurs through the process of psychotherapy. She notes that “there exists an huge potential for linking research and theories in neuroscience to the existing theories in psychotherapy” including NLP. She also comments that “neurolinguistic psychiatric therapy provides a methodology that facilitates new neurological patterning by changing different aspects of internal process, internal states or external conduct. ”

Wake also constitutes a critical distinction between NLP as an “applied psychology” and NLP’s use as part of a counselor skill-set in the wider context of psychotherapy. The integration of NLP technology with therapist skills such as theoretical grounding, psychological knowledge, rapport skills, comprehension of process, and self-awareness basically constitute neurolinguistic psychotherapy. The lady notes that it is important to appreciate that the therapist plays an active role in the development of the brain in the clients treated, particularly where efficient states are present.

The girl posits that if neurolinguistic psychotherapists stay within a programmatic model of working (essentially an applied mindset manner of working) they are not honoring elements of therapeutic process that were valued by Erickson, Satir, and Perls; on in whose work NLP was built. Wake encourages neurolinguistic counselors to place the programmatic modeled aspects of NLP in context of the broader therapeutic relationship, as doing so is often needed to create lasting cognitive, emotional and behavior change through psychotherapeutic procedures.

Wake discusses the status of research validation of NLP and neurolinguistic psychotherapy. She reports that there are a small number of studies available at this point demonstrating the efficacy of NLP in the circumstance of psychotherapy. She talks about a few studies which may have. Wake notes that compared to other modalities of psychotherapy, neurolinguistic psychotherapy is “incredibly young” having only recently, since the early 1990’s, begun to define and develop standards for the use of NLP technology specifically in the context of psychotherapy.

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