NLP for Health Professionals
Neuro-Linguistic Programming™ (NLP) is now widely acknowledged to be the number one method for modelling human excellence through enhanced communications in all environments.
In the field of health care it is estimated that up to a half, possibly more, of all patients who visit their doctors are suffering from symptoms that cannot be explained by the current model of allopathic medicine and which have no obvious or easily identified cause or pathology. The negative thoughts and emotions associated with chronic stress and anxiety seem to play a major role in as much as 80% of all disease, both physical and psychological. Since the 1990s, the UK Health and Safety Executive has been issuing warnings about the “stress epidemic” and its detrimental effects on the economy and in the influential study ‘The Depression Report’, published in 2006 by the London School of Economics, the recommendations focused on the need for therapeutic solutions, rather than reliance on medication which has many undesirable effects and has not been demonstrated to be effective in the majority of cases.
Along with psychological therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Clinical Hypnotherapy, NLP has been found to be extremely useful as a system for empowering patients/clients to become aware of how they can improve their health, as well as supporting medical and healthcare professionals in identifying and treating stress-related disorders, depression, anxiety, and phobias, chronic pain, IBS and a variety of gastro-intestinal illnesses, skin conditions, addictive behaviours, negative habits (including smoking), eating disorders, and many more.
There is an increasing demand for more holistic and integrative treatment and the latest research in neuroscience and positive psychology endorses the importance of the relationship and communication between patients/clients and their doctors and other health professionals. Whilst many people consult a variety of practitioners, there is currently no integrated system for treating the complex relationship between mind and body.
NLP places great emphasis on the importance of establishing rapport and calibrating states of mind and emotions accurately. It also provides a practical system for identifying the effect of the way we speak to others and the words and images that we use. The way that a doctor elicits and describes symptoms, gives the results of tests, provides a diagnosis and suggests a treatment plan can make a huge different to the response of the patient. It has been said that words can heal and words can harm, even kill, if the message is delivered in a way that causes or increases stress and anxiety. This is where the ‘white coat’ syndrome can be seen to affect patients – someone who is stressed and anxious will tend have elevated blood pressure and their immune system can be compromised. Health and medical professionals who apply NLP skills with their clients/patients are able to shift the emphasis from and reframe ‘illness behaviour’ to create a new set of responses that promote health and well-being and empower the individual to access their own inner resources.
We provide introductory workshops for health professionals in Dubai and the GCC and we have trained doctors, dentists, nurses, physiotherapists, and others, in NLP through our generic NLP Practitioner, Master Practitioner, and Licensed Coach courses, which are licensed and certified by the Society of NLP™, and endorsed personally by Dr Richard Bandler, the original creator and co-founder of NLP.
We also include and introduction of some of the basic elements and applications of NLP in our UK-accredited International Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy with Psychotherapy & Counselling Skills. Since NLP includes the use of hypnosis and hypnotic language patterns, the techniques are highly complementary.
For doctors and health professionals who wish to complete specialist training and gain accreditation for CEU purposes, The Society of Medical NLP, based in the UK, was established by Garner Thomson and Dr Khaled Khan, authors of ‘Magic in Practice - Introducing Medical NLP: the Art and Science of Language in Healing and Health’. We recommend that medical professionals read this book and contact the Society for details of the courses they provide that are recognized by the National Health Service (NHS).