When I started out as a personal trainer I soon noticed that some clients were not doing what I was telling them to do. I began asking myself “why is this”?
I then began spending my spare time reading about psychology and therapy. I came across NLP (Neuro linguistic programming) and I was very interested in it. A client at the time told me about Jack Stewart who was a therapist and ran NLP courses. I got in touch with him and had some one-to-one sessions. I was amazed. After a couple of sessions my way of thinking had totally changed. I thought “How can I use this experience to help other people”? I then went on to do a practitioner course with Jack and in 2002 I became a practitioner.
NLP has changed my life. It is the most powerful tool I have ever come across and has helped overcome my biggest fears. To get the big jobs I wanted, I had to do public speaking and be a performer. With NLP I did this and as a result I got the big jobs. When I started doing Ju Jitsu I hated it, I didn’t like being hurt, I’m now a coach and I am training for 1st Dan.
Most recently, I took a lad who I was working with, to Alton Towers. I had become scared of the fayre. I could not believe it when this kid was jumping for joy when he saw the Oblivion ride. (a vertical drop) and he demanded I went on it My initial response was You can feck off. Guess what? I went on it twice, then Rita and all the other major rides. I couldn’t believe it I achieved goals that I didn’t think I’d achieve at 8:am that morning/ All through NLP I trained myself to change my mindset in a split second through self coaching.
What is NLP
NLP was discovered by John Grinder and Richard Bandler in the USA in the 1970’s They studied three healers, all leaders in their field with the simple premise (what is the difference between a world class practitioner and an ordinary one) that makes the deference?
They dismissed the notion that someone who excels in “born great” Grinder and Bandler wanted to find out how anyone could model or duplicate the Milton Erickson (hypnotherapist) Virginia Satir (family therapist) and Fritz Perls (gestalt therapist operated to get the same or indeed better result. Out of the action research came the constantly emerging field called NLP. NLP is no theory: it is a practical process of modelling excellence, health and well being.
It generated a series of easily understood models of how we make sense of the world, how we process information and how we can develop and heal ourselves in ways previously the preserve of fate, chance, luck or great wealth
In common with life coaching, NLP is a conversational process, which occasionally incorporates movement, making its combination empowering.
Since gaining my practitioners certificate, I have worked at some of the top law firms in Liverpool, coaching people and helping them achieve their potential.
In 2006, I worked with Liverpool Community College in which I worked with different sets of students, helping them set goals as well as challenging their beliefs and values.
Most recently I have been working with kids with challenging behaviour, helping them create a vision in their livers as well as working on their own identity
Most training sessions I will use NLP tools to help the client achieve their potential.