Portland Neuro-Linguistic Programming—NLP Counseling Therapy
Find out how NLP unleashes your inner capacities: discover your mission; achieve your goals; recover your original childlike, prodigious learning abilities
Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP evolved over a period of the last 35 years. From early beginnings in the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, the endeavor of NLP grew into a body of workshops, classes, books, audio recordings, and video-recordings. It seeded the world with many people who practiced their skills as professional communicators and change agents with new assumptions, expanded expertise and enhanced effectiveness.
Those who moved NLP into the 21st century are the various developers, authors, trainers and practitioners, who, in an informal community, continued to seek to understand and practiced a number of key activities: how learning and change happened; how to emulate those with well-developed knowledge and skills; and how to apply such learning and such knowledge and skills into improvements for others in the world.
I'm happy to say that I was privileged to eagerly join this endeavor of NLP in 1978. I entered graduate school at Governor's State University in that year. There at GSU, pursuing my Master of Arts degree in counseling, I entered a class on the practice of counseling with a practicing counselor named Richard Horowitz. He had learned of NLP and recommended a few books. One of those was the first that I read, The Structure of Magic by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. What I liked about the approach was to apply the field of Noam Chomsky's transformational linguistics to the process of interviewing clients.
From that beginning, I began my process of learning NLP. I participated in workshops with the early developers of NLP. I began offering my own trainings to NLP practitioners. And I began working as a trainer for other NLP organizations, including NLP Comprehensive with Connirae Andreas and Steve Andreas, as well as with Grinder, Delozier and Associates, working with Judith DeLozier and John Grinder. I also worked with family therapists Ramon Corrales and Larry Ro-Trock; hypnotherapist, psychiatrist, and Milton Erickson student William Mundy; and family therapy co-founder, Virginia Satir. This is how I began in my career as a change agent, counselor, therapist, hypnotherapist, and mediator.
I kept learning as much as I could. I wanted to know how to bring about healthy change, and to help others learn how to do that as well. By 1992, I co-authored an audio-recording set with Nightingale-Conant called NLP: The New Technology of Achievement, along with other NLP trainer/developers. My colleagues on that project included Steve Andreas, Tim Hallbom, Suzi Smith, Charles Faulkner, Gerry Schmidt, and Robert McDonald. Here is the recording I did on that project: Discovering Your Mission and Achieving Your Goals (two 34-minute recordings, together):
NLP: The New Technology of Achievement—Discovering Your Mission, and Achieving Your Goals—by Kelly Gerling
In 1994, we turned our top-selling audio recording on NLP into a book by the same name.
By 1997, I felt well enough versed in NLP to seek to redefine some of its fundamentals, attempting to correct what I thought were shortcomings and mistakes in the endeavor, especially in certain basic concepts. These include redefining "logical levels" as belief system layers; starting NLP training within one's self, rather than focusing on changing others; and a community-based learning process rather than a classroom, trainer-focused model. This workshop, and the audio recording of six segments of that workshop is called The New Fundamentals of NLP. It represents my efforts at making needed changes in NLP, as of 1997. The six audio recordings of about 25 minutes each include not only my presentation, but also many comments by the practitioners as we proceeded in learning the NLP patterns. I've reproduced that entire set of recordings below, in six sections. These sections include these patterns of NLP: Overview of NLP; Discovering Your Mission; Circle of Congruence; Internal Sensory Acuity; Belief System Layers; Aligning Belief System Layers; and Swish Pattern.
The New Fundamentals of NLP by Kelly Gerling
(All six sections will be included soon.)
The Contributions of Connirae and Steve Andreas to NLP
With her book Core Transformation (with Tamara Andreas), Connirae made a breakthrough in practical spirituality. The process developed in the book, and in recordings, allows a person to become aware of their deepest priorities as a felt sense of purpose.
The most recent three books by Steve Andreas are these: Transforming Your Self; Six Blind Elephants Volume 1; and Six Blind Elephants Volume 2. These three books provide a real advance of NLP by incorporating key concepts from cognitive linguistics. Most notably, Steve develops the concepts of category, scope, and our internal databases as critical for constructing models and procedures for change.