What is NLP, Coaching & Hypnotherapy and How Do They Work?

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Coaching and Hypnotherapy are powerful tools that when used together enable us to make rapid changes to our health and lives. These tools can be used to address a wide range of issues, including:

  • Addictive behaviors (drinking, smoking)
  • Allergies and intolerances
  • Anger issues
  • Confidence
  • Dyslexia, spelling, and learning
  • Exam fears and interview confidence
  • Guilt
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Illness
  • Life balance, motivation, focus and direction
  • Loss
  • Overcoming past experiences
  • Performance issues
  • Poor relationships with food
  • Phobias/fears
  • Relationship issues
  • Relaxation and sleep
  • Stage fright, nerves, and public speaking
  • Stammering/stuttering
  • Stress and stuckness
  • Weight
  • Work issues


NLP uses a range of engaging techniques so you can get your brain working with you to break out of old habits and get the change you want. It is an extremely effective way of making lasting rapid changes in your life. 

It considers how we can make change as simple as possible, focusing on how the present and the future can be different rather than spending too much time asking why we have issues and dragging up the past. This makes change a much easier, intriguing, and inspiring process.

The name NLP reflects how it works. It addresses our:

  • Neurology – the way our brains and minds work
  • Linguistics – the way language affects the way our brains and minds work
  • Programming – how our brain often seems to be working, sometimes against us, in very habitual ways


Coaching is a supportive way of making breakthroughs in any area of your life and transforming all aspects of it, including leadership, relationships, performance, and health. A coaching approach is one where the practitioner works with you, helping you see things from new perspectives while staying focused on your goals.


Hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis involve learning how you can get into a relaxed state, like daydreaming, where you can communicate more directly with your unconscious mind to reset old habits that just seem resistant to your previous attempts to change them.

Origins of NLP

NLP was developed in the 1970s at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) by Dr. John Grinder and Richard Bandler. It began as a research endeavor to try and discover why some therapists seemed to be more effective than others, and what was similar about their very different approaches.

Using the process of “modeling” – identifying the most important parts of someone’s behaviors, language, choices, actions, and thought processes – Grinder and Bandler evaluated key figures in the world of psychology and change.

These included Fritz Perls (the founder of Gestalt therapy), Milton Erickson (a psychiatrist and founder of the modern approach to clinical hypnotherapy), and Virginia Satir (founder of family therapy).

From Grinder’s and Bandler’s findings, they developed a model of how to make effective change easy – the so-called “Meta Model”. 

Much of this work was done with the assistance of Gregory Bateson, an anthropologist on the faculty of UCSC, who’s wide-ranging work spanned psychology, cybernetics, linguistics, and systems theory.

Due to the success of this initial project on “How do you make effective change?”, NLP developed into an extremely popular method for helping people change a wide range of habits and issues. This led to other projects which attempted to understand how individuals, with different types of skills, achieved their levels of success. Over the years many other skills have since been modeled, and many more examples of human brilliance continue to be explored and modeled to this day.