NLP in the world - Interview Series

Lisa Wake – United Kingdom – NLP and Psychotherapy

I am really grateful for Lisa to have joined me for this testimony through email exchanges. Lisa practices in UK and information can be found at , or on LinkedIN.

Talking4good (T4G): How did you come into contact with NLP?
Lisa: I first came across NLP when I was working as a manager in the health service. I attended a workshop on communication skills and did a test that demonstrated my preferred communication style – the rep system preference test. This wowed me as I had finally got a way of understanding how I was!!

T4G: What NLP qualification do you have?
Lisa: Master Trainer of NLP, MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice focussing on NLPt, currently studying a PhD in Psychology focussing on NLPt.

T4G: Which NLP association would your qualifications be accredited by?
Lisa: ANLP. Also as a NLPt psychotherapist by UKCP – UK Council for psychotherapy.

T4G: Have you joined an NLP association?
Lisa: Yes. ANLP.

T4G: What do you expect from those various NLP associations?

Lisa: peer support, belonging to a professional association that has a code of ethics and conduct as well as a reasonable attempt at standards.
T4G: What do you like best in NLP?

Lisa: Flexibility on how to be at choice. Some of the great people that I have met and have had or currently have the privilege to work with.
T4G: Tell us about NLP in your work?

Lisa: Where do I start? I operate more from the philosophy or principles of NLP rather than the tools and techniques. For me it is about the attitude and ability to be congruent. I currently work as a change management consultant to a diverse range of businesses and NLP supports some of this work. I also have an active coaching and psychotherapy practice. My coaching has a strong NLP focus, whereas my therapy practice is more integrative and psycho-dynamic based. I enjoy the outcome oriented nature of NLP within therapy, which does put a different spin on the therapy process. I also write extensively about NLP in a wider and more academic context.
T4G: Can you tell us more on this integrative approach?

Lisa: Integrative psychotherapy is an approach – which is grounded in relationship based dialogical methods that enables the integration of affective, cognitive, behavioural, physiological and transpersonal dimensions of the person. NLP for me lacks the relational based element, in that the practitioner is required to stay outside of the clients system and use modelling to understand the experience. This misses out lots of opportunities to effect affect regulation. So in essence, by working with psychodynamic and integrative processes, I can use NLP to speed up the modelling of early neurological patterns and effect repair through the psychodynamic process
T4G: How is NLP present in your country?

Lisa: It is currently represented through a number of bodies, only one of which is independent to training organisations – ANLP. It is becoming more mainstream in business and accepted often as part of management development and coaching programmes. It does run across a spectrum, from the fast track, large group based training, through to the more longer term, evidence based academic programmes that are grounded within an applied psychology context.

T4G: What opportunity do you have to meet with other NLP practitioners?

Lisa: Every day of the week. We have an active NLP community at the office through the business. I have a peer supervisor who is also an NLP Trainer and Therapist. My husband and business partner is an NLP Trainer and Therapist and our Business Manager and Daughter is an NLP Master Practitioner.

T4G: What about NLP and research?
Lisa: There needs to be much more of it, not just supporting NLP but also challenging it. I am actively involved with the NLP Research and Recognition Project, I am on the steering group of the NLP research conference and actively advocate and support research into NLP. I wish that other recognised NLP trainers would be more involved.

T4G: What would be your next step with NLP?
Lisa: To gain scientific credibility within the psychology, psychiatry community. Personally to complete my PhD.

T4G: A last comment to conclude?
Lisa: NLP is a methodology not a method and it needs to move beyond the tools and techniques to really add to the world being a better place.

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