NLP in Reading & Wokingham

NLP Reading Wokingham Berkshire

NLP – the ‘toolkit of the mind’ and ‘the study of excellence’

NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming is one of the core pillars of  Cognitive Hypnotherapy. I’m qualified to the advanced level of Master Practitioner in NLP.

Sometimes people ask me for “just NLP without the hypnotherapy” so I decided to outline the below to help you understand that it’s a core part of my approach to helping you achieve your goals rather than something separate to my hypnotherapy and coaching.

I absolutely love helping people understand how to empower themselves by working with the natural way their mind works and their own uniqueness. You might be amazed how quickly you can change how your think or react to things.

What is NLP?

There is no one precise definition of NLP. It stems from the study and ‘modelling’ of leading therapists and the most successful people to find out how we can change our mindset and ‘re-programme’ out of date ways of thinking or behaving. Here are a couple of definitions from the founders of NLP:

“NLP is the method of modelling excellence so it can be duplicated”

“NLP is an attitude and methodology” (Richard Bandler)

“NLP is the epistemology of returning to what we have lost – a state of grace” (John Grinder)

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N – Neurology – Offers an understanding of our minds and how we think. A key idea is that we all have a unique interpretation of the world. We create our unique reality through our experiences and perception in each moment. Our view of the world is unique even if we share common understanding.

L – Linguistics –  Language is powerful. We use language to make sense of our word and we are influenced by language. Our internal and external dialogue offers the clues to how we think, our unique preferences and our unique solutions. We can use language to change our perception and re-frame the meaning we give to things. A key idea is NLP is that ‘it’s not what happens to us which is important, it’s the meaning we give to it’.

P – Programming – This is a focus on the structure and processes within our beliefs, values and responses. This is also how we control and react to our environment. Programming is also about what motivates us to act. We can gain control over our thinking and behaviour by interrupting or updating old programmes within the mind.

The presuppositions of NLP:

There are central ideas or princples in NLP which are pre-supposed to be true as a guide to achieve results. The key principles are:

We make up our reality. We interpret each moment through our beliefs, our senses and our past experiences which creates a map by which we live. If the map it leads us to into our problems. ‘NLP is the art of changing these maps so we have greater freedom of action”.*

NLP helps you have more choices within your mind and open up your thinking to give you more options

People are doing the best they can with the resources, knowledge or skills they have at the time

There is nothing broken about you as a person. The processes you use, the patterns you’ve developed or your strategies for coping are the things to be updated.

You already have everything you need inside you to be the way you want to be and you can create new resources

Every behaviour has a positive purpose or intention. It may not seem like this is true but your unconscious mind is responding in a way it believes with either keep you away from danger or give you a reward.

There is no failure, only feedback

Action is key to success. We learn from doing.

Change can happen in minutes….


With all this, NLP can be a lot of fun and very interesting.

If you would like to know more about NLP or my overall Cognitive Hypnotherapy approach, please email me on

Here an example you might enjoy:









*NLP Workbook, Joseph O’Connor