Code of Ethics

All members of IHL shall:

1.  Respect the dignity and worth of every human being, and their right to self-determination.  See everybody as a powerful spiritual being who does not need us to save them.

2.  Strive to act with integrity, independence and impartiality, avoiding conflicts of interests and acting in accordance with the presuppositions of Energetic NLP & NLP which appear below.

3.  Represent themselves and their qualifications and experience honestly and also (to the best of their knowledge) the skills and experience of any third party to whom they refer any of their clients.

4.  Only practice within the limits of their competency and to their highest possible standards; updating their skills and knowledge on a continuous basis.  Seek professional guidance where necessary.

5.  Represent NLP, Energetic NLP etc. interventions as an option and at no time as a certain solution for any given problem.

6.  Act as ambassadors for their profession.  Present their approach as a professional and effective approach that can help people and organisations; avoiding bringing it into disrepute.

7.  Act as ambassadors for IAHL, to promote its purposes and activities to a wider audience; avoiding bringing the Association into disrepute.

8.  Respect legitimate needs and requirements for confidentiality.

9.  Respect the variety of different styles of Energetic NLP and complementary professions.

10.  Promote fellow Members’ interests and avoid soliciting other Members’ clients away from them.

11.  Ensure that clients’ expectations, and the basis on which they will be met, are understood by both parties and that contractual arrangements are not changed without appropriate discussion.

12.  Act within the law and not encourage, assist, or collude with others engaged in unlawful conduct.

13.  Members at all levels have an ongoing requirement to update their skills and knowledge, through Mentorship and/or pursuing recognised CPD requirements.


The Code does not assume that individual Members possess particular levels of skill in any specific area; it is important, therefore, that users of Members’ services do satisfy themselves that the person they are working with is appropriately skilled.

IAHL will deal with any infringements of the Code of Ethics through its Complaints and Disciplinary Procedure.

Some of the Principles/Suppositions of Energetic NLP and NLP

The principles which form the foundation of Energetic NLP and NLP have been modelled from key people who consistently produced superb results, as well as from systems theory and natural laws.

As well as a set of powerful skills, Energetic NLP & NLP embody a philosophy and an attitude that is useful when your goal is excellence in whatever you do. Nothing is true – or untrue.  We invite you to discover what happens in your life if you simply ‘act as if’ the following statements are true. …

1.  We are all unique and experience the world in different ways.  Everyone is individual and has their own special way of being.  See everyone as a powerful, spiritual being.

2.  People respond to their map of reality; not to reality.  How people make sense of the world around them is through their senses and from their own personal experience; this means that each individual’s perception is different.

3.  Mind and body form a linked system. Your mental attitude affects your body and your health and, in turn, how you behave.

4.  If what you are doing isn’t working, do something else.  Flexibility is the key to success.

5.  Choice is better than no choice.  Having options can provide more opportunities for achieving results.  It is empowering by taking you from ‘effect’ into ‘cause’

6.  We are always communicating.  Even when we remain silent, we are communicating. Non-verbal communication can account for a large proportion of a message.

7.  The meaning of your communication is the response you get.  While your intention may be clear to you, it is the other person’s interpretation and response that reflects your effectiveness. NLP teaches you the skills and flexibility to ensure that the message you send equals the message they receive.

8.  There is no failure, only feedback.  What seemed like failure can be thought of as success that just stopped too soon. With this understanding, we can stop blaming ourselves and others, find solutions and improve the quality of what we do.

9.  Behind every behaviour is a positive intention.  When we understand that other people have some positive intention in what they say and do (however annoying and negative it may seem to us), it can be easier to stop getting angry and start to move forward.

10.  Anything can be accomplished if the task is broken down into small enough steps.  Achievement becomes easier if activities are manageable; NLP can help you learn how to analyse what needs to be done and find ways to be both efficient and effective.