NLP – Neuro Linguistic Programming

NLP is a behavioural model and set of explicit skills and techniques founded by John grinder and Richard Bandler in 1975. Defined as the study of the structure of subjective experience. NLP studies the patterns or “programming” created by the interactions among the brain (neuro), language (linguistic), and the body that produce both effective and ineffective behaviour. The skills and techniques were derived by observing the patterns of excellence in experts from diverse fields of professional communication, including psychotherapy, business, hypnosis, law, and education.

NLP is the study of how people think and do the things they do. The NLP practitioner works with the client to identify the client’s existing strategy for obtaining the behaviours they do not want. The client is then assisted to change the strategy to obtain a different result. NLP has numerous applications, including removal of phobias, gaining confidence, overcoming examination nerves, increasing self-esteem, responding differently in relationships, clarifying and achieving personal goals, developing specific skills. NLP interventions do not usually require the client to enter long-term commitments to therapy.


NLP Resources NLP Academy Free dictionary of NLP terms  For more information and to download the first chapter for free of “Fix Your Life with NLP” by Alicia Eaton.


Words that Work (Based on NLP)

Words That Work for Children.

Alicia Eaton has created a website ( written a book to offer tips, advice and resources to help parents and their children overcome problems and achieve success more easily.

‘I hope teachers and fellow Practitioners working with children will also find it useful. I know how much easier it is to get children to co-operate by choosing your words more carefully and changing the structure of your sentences, thanks to all the years of training and experience that I’ve had.

In “Words that Work” I’ll show you how powerful words can be when you know about NLP’s ‘Language of Persuasion and Influence’ – and I’ll also share the secret to slipping a little ‘hypnotic influence’ into your day-to-day conversations.

I can explain their strategies and teach you the most effective language patterns to use with your children – plus, I’ll tell you all about the words that definitely do not work and why that is.  So you’ll be able to avoid them from now on – leading to a happier, more relaxed family life for you all.

So whether the issue is mealtime dramas over fussy eating, junk food cravings, or perhaps a weight problem, an anxiety or phobia about dogs, spiders, wasps, going to school or exams; sleep issues with nightmares, a fear of the dark, bedwetting or insomnia, bad habitssuch as nail-biting, thumb-sucking, hair-pulling or an addiction to electronic devices; a lack of confidence, stage fright or shyness, you’ll easily learn what to say and what not to say.


Words That Work Resources

“WORDS THAT WORK – How to Get Kids to Do Almost Anything” by Alicia Eaton. 2015.

Download the first chapter for free at for more information and resources.



Clean Language   (Based on NLP)

Clean Language is a technique that is used especially in psychotherapy and coaching. Clean Language helps client to discover and develop symbols and metaphors without being influenced by the phrasing of a question.

Clean Language was developed by David Grove in the 1980s as a result of his work on clinical methods for resolving clients’ traumatic memories. As James Lawley and Penny Tompkins describe it, “He realized that many clients naturally described their symptoms in metaphor, and found that when he enquired about these using their exact words, their perception of the trauma began to change.”

In a very specific way, clean language combines four general elements of communication: syntax, wording, vocal qualities, and non-verbals.

Clean Language also is the basis of symbolic modelling, a stand-alone method and process for psychotherapy and coaching, which was developed by Lawley and Tompkins.


Clean Language Resources for more information, articles etc.




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