NLP in the world - Interview Series

Alison Scott – New Zealand – NLP and Trauma Recovery

I am very happy today to present Ali Scott testimony on NLP and Trauma Recovery. Ali works from Christchurch in New Zealand, and information can be found on her web site at

Talking4good (T4G): How did you come into contact with NLP?
Ali: I was looking for some way of recovering from separation and I was sure there must be a way that wasn’t long and painful. I found a introductory talk on NLP and went from there.

T4G: What NLP qualification do you have?
Ali: NLP Master Practitioner.

T4G: Which NLP association would your qualifications be accredited by?
Ali: New Zealand NLP Association.

T4G: Have you joined an NLP association?
Ali: Yes the New Zealand National Association.

T4G: What do you expect from those various NLP associations?
Ali: A sense of community with the chance to connect and learn and laugh and most importantly a professional standard being set that I can follow. This is, I think, key to NLP growing, gaining mainstream acceptance and consequently becoming more accessible.

T4G: What do you like best in NLP?
Ali: Clean language and “no failure only feedback,” that’s 2 but 2 key points.

T4G: Can you tell us about NLP Recovery?
Ali: NLP Recovery (details at was set up by local practitioners to provide government funded NLP therapy sessions to Canterbrians following the series of powerful earthquakes that shook Canterbury in 2010 and 2011.The service is working really well and many people with varying degrees of trauma have become much more resourceful and resilient. There have been other initiatives as well to help people recover.

T4G: Can you tell us on being recognized by the government as a valid counselling solution?
Ali: Our contract is as far as we know the first time the government has funded NLP as a counselling solution so we are celebrating. It’s wonderful that people have a range of options fro their recovery which includes something so effective and comfortable as NLP.

T4G: How is NLP present in your country?
Ali: There are a lot of practitioners both practising as NLPers and those who incorporate it into their work. In Christchurch pop; 400,000, we have two certifying NLP training courses as well as shorter courses so I think it’s very active.

T4G: What opportunity do you have to meet with other NLP practitioners?
Ali: In Christchurch there is an NLP study group..and various other gatherings. Tomorrow night for example there will be a meeting with my trainer, supper and study around earthquake recovery work.

T4G: What about NLP and research?
Ali: I would love to be involved in a rigorous research project.

T4G: Would the data being provided to the NZ government be used as research going forward?
Ali: At this stage nothing has been decided but it would make a great project for somebody.

T4G: What would be your next step with NLP?
Ali: There has been so much happening here in the last year that I’d say the next step is to complete this step……I’m not really at the stage of looking forward but having said that I have been thinking about running another course..maybe around creativity. Or working in prisons…..or in children’s homes. Now you’ve got me wondering <laughs and smiles>

T4G: A last comment to conclude?.
Ali: I’ve been very fortunate to be attending a class taught by Te Hata Ohlsen, a local Kaumatoa, (Maori elder.) His mother told him this when he was young and it is such a beautiful reframe, it’s worth sharing -“Work with people who hate – it’s just love trying to get out.”

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