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  • Writer's pictureGayatree Dipchan

Trauma Recovery and NLP Coaching

As a psychologist who engages clients in both therapy and trauma recovery coaching, I've been asked why I chose to use Neuro Linguistic Programming in Trauma Recovery Coaching. Past trauma can easily drive toxic and negative thoughts in our present and is processed differently for each person. NLP helps each person uniquely.

With NLP, the goal is to take away the assumptions that charge the emotions that the trauma has created.

What is trauma therapy

Trauma therapy aims to help individuals overcome the effects of traumatic experiences. Trauma can cause long-lasting emotional and psychological damage, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Treating trauma requires a combination of different approaches depending on the specific individual and the severity of the trauma. NLP techniques can be used as part of a broader treatment plan and can help individuals regain a sense of control, build self-confidence, and reduce anxiety.

What is Neuro Linguistic Programming

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a psychotherapeutic based approach that helps individuals reprogram their minds by identifying and changing negative patterns of behavior, thoughts, and emotions. It is based on the idea that behaviours and attitudes are rooted in the way the brain processes information.

NLP offers various techniques that can be applied to treat trauma, such as:

  • Anchoring: Anchoring is a technique where positive emotions or feelings are linked to an external cue, such as a sound, image, or touch. This technique can help individuals trigger positive emotions when they encounter stressful situations.

  • Reframing: Reframing is the process of changing the way a person perceives a situation. These techniques can help individuals view traumatic events in a less negative light and help them find new meaning in those experiences.

  • Dissociation: Dissociation is a technique used to help individuals distance themselves from the traumatic experience. This technique involves creating a mental barrier between the traumatic event and the emotions that are associated with it.

How NLP coaching works with trauma

A major component of NLP is understanding how we receive and process information and experiences (Linguistic). Some of us may be Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic or a combination of all three. By encouraging a neural re-programming of the psychological reactions to a traumatic event, we can break the connection between the visual images of the event and the associated feelings, thus minimising and eliminating the triggering emotional response. This creates a new dissociated viewpoint of the original event.

Through techniques such as SWISH, VISUAL SQUASH, PHOBIA CURE and CHAINING (and many more), the client re-processes the traumatic memory, allowing them to gain new perspective on the original trauma and helps them to recognise that their responses of fight/flight/freeze is not necessary in their present situation.

Important to note...

It does not delete the experience of the trauma, but instead gives you the tools to keep the trauma in the past and work through the present emotions that drive decisions that impact future outcomes.


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