What is NLP?
NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It is the practical psychology of how to use the mind to consistently achieve our goals in all areas of life (in relationships, family, career, health and fitness, personal and spiritual development etc.). Neuro means the nervous system by which our experiences are processed via the five senses (seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting and smelling). Linguistic means language and also non-verbal communication systems through which our experiences are coded, ordered and given meaning. This includes remembered or imagined sounds, images, feelings, tastes and smells. Programming means the ability to discover, utilise and change the patterns that we run in our thinking, feeling and behaving. Your thinking and feeling shapes your experience of the world. Changing the patterns of your thinking and feeling changes your reality! NLP is about how to change it to the better.
How does NLP work?
Since its beginnings in the early 1970¹s, the developers of NLP have done extensive research into how people naturally overcome their problems. This research has yielded a deep understanding of how people unconsciously contribute to both the creation and the solution of their problems. In an NLP session we work purposefully with these unconscious processes through powerful techniques such as guided visualisation, anchoring new associations, Time Line Therapy™, hypnosis, metaphors, creative imagination, re-imprinting etc. to name a few. All of these techniques have already helped millions to enhance mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.
During an NLP session you will sit comfortably and after an initial interview, Michael will guide you through the appropriate processes. Michael¹s clients commonly report having made profoundly positive transformations while feeling comfortable and relaxed in the natural flow of every session.
What are the benefits of NLP?
Frequently clients report that they have gained a better understanding of themselves, have found new confidence, have increased their personal energy and have found their lives becoming more meaningful and vibrant. Many even find that they can help the people around them more efficiently too. Come and see Michael, Master Practitioner of NLP, if you would like to:
* release negative emotions such as anger, fear, guilt, sadness, hurt etc. and enjoy emotional balance and a fulfilling relationship with yourself and others.
* uncover and release unconscious decisions which limit your wealth, your happiness and self-esteem such as “I’m not good enough” or “I don’t deserve…” and unfold your full potential.
* address the emotional root cause of any health problem and free up the trapped energy that your body needs so much.
* overcome unwanted habits such as smoking, nail biting, eating habits etc.
* overcome allergies in a fast and effective way.
* overcome phobias and fear of flying.
NLP for busy people
NLP has become today’s most powerful psychological tool for performance enhancement. You will find that nearly all effective training providers, consultants, coaches and leaders in business are now using NLP to some extent.
Come and see NLP Master Practitioner, Michael Kaufmann, if you would like to:
* enhance your performance and your enjoyment at work.
* improve your communication with colleagues and clients.
* improve your time management.
* deal effectively with stress and its many symptoms (anxiety, depression, eating disorders, fatigue, fits of rage, insomnia, irritability, lack of concentration, memory lapses, panic attacks etc. to name a few).
* learn how to naturally motivate yourself and keep your energy level up.
How NLP helped others
“I recommend Michael¹s therapeutic work to anyone who feels a need for assistance. I am amazed what a difference it has made to my life.” LM, London
“Internal obstacles to my progress and growth have been recognised and dissolved.” RB, London
“Already after the first session with Michael, my feelings of helplessness had completely changed. I felt positively able to heal myself and noticed a huge improvement in only a few days.” AB, London
“I suffered severely from hay fever for years. At first I could hardly believe it but after only a two-hour session with Michael I was able to fully enjoy spring and summer again. I wish I had know about this earlier.” BK, London
“Due to an allergy to cats’ hair I used to develop asthma whenever a cat was around. I now have two cats myself and I very much enjoy their company.” JT, Swindon
To read about our therapist, Michael Kaufmann, please check his therapist page.
- What Andy Murray teaches us about self-doubt and its role in our success or failure September 14, 2012
A fascinating article by Dr Raj Persaud illustrating the difference between a lack of self-confidence and an abundance of self-doubt.
“Andy Murray’s historic victory appears founded on a mental rather than a physical transformation. Commentators, plus the tennis star himself, have been discussing how his previously hindering self-doubt appears to have been finally conquered.
Many attribute this new self-confidence to his recent Olympic gold medal victory over Roger Federer. It was positive feedback: confirmation of the ability we all knew he had, but did he?
Yet this just deepens the psychological enigma at the heart of this result. The cure for self-doubt appears a confidence-enhancing triumph – but you can’t win until you overcome your self-doubt.”
Read more here: Dr Raj Persaud in the Huffington Post
- Positive Thoughts May Help Treat Depression August 10, 2011
Gratitude and optimism may be a key to managing depression, a new review of relevant research finds.
Called positive activity interventions (PAIs), the treatment involves intentional positive behaviors and thoughts, such as performing acts of kindness, expressing gratitude, meditating on positive feelings toward others and using one’s signature strengths.
- “What We Have Here Is A Failure to Communicate” June 20, 2011
The AARP/NCCAM survey found that 50 percent of men and women reported using some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Of these, three-fourths used CAM to help prevent illness, and an equal number had turned to CAM to reduce pain or treat painful conditions. Clearly, there are good reasons why so many people are turning to CAMs as part of their efforts to stay healthy, treat health problems or both. But here is the catch: Fewer than one in three people who use CAM have discussed that use with their doctors. And even fewer turned to a CAM at the suggestion of their doctor.
Why is there such a gap? Nearly half of the survey respondents stated that their health care provider never asked them about their use of CAM. Another 60 percent of respondents said that:
There wasn’t enough time to talk about their use of CAM.
They didn’t think their doctors would know anything about CAM.
They thought their doctor would advise them to stop using CAM.
They just weren’t comfortable discussing CAM with their doctor.
- Integrative medicine, spirituality improves outcomes in urban adolescents with asthma April 18, 2011
A new study by researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) shows that urban adolescents with asthma may experience worse outcomes when not using spiritual coping and often use complementary and alternative medicine, or integrative medicine, like prayer or relaxation, to manage symptoms.
These findings, being presented at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology in San Antonio April14-16, could help physicians and other providers gain insight into additional ways to help pediatric populations self-manage chronic illnesses.
The study, led by Sian Cotton, PhD, assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine, looked at urban adolescents dealing with asthma and uncovered the ways that they were both coping with their illness as well as ways coping methods affected their mental and physical health outcomes.
- Research Backs How People Can Make Happiness a Habit April 18, 2011
Research shows that being grateful leads people into a higher state of happiness. Sonja Lyubomirsky author of The How of Happiness, [The Penguin Press, 2007] suggests that making a list of things people are grateful for in life, practicing random acts of kindness, forgiving enemies and appreciating life’s small pleasures leads to happiness.
- Mindfulness therapy seen as aid to stress reduction January 12, 2011
A study this month in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that mindfulness-based therapy worked as well as antidepressants in preventing relapses of depression over an 18-month period.
- Goals and desires workshop September 29, 2010
One of my NLP teachers used to say, “in life you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you communicate.” A powerful way to communicate to the universe what it is that you want, is to set goals and to take action with relaxed expectation and gratitude.
Goals and Desires – I am very passionate about this subject because it is the key to a fulfilling life. The ability to respond to your desires without repressing them on the one hand and without becoming enslaved by them on the other is essential to your well-being and spiritual progress.
What I love about setting myself goals is the growth process that they trigger. Whilst it is important to me to achieve my goals, even more valuable to me is what I learn and discover on the way. Having a goal can act like a contrast medium used during radiography; it makes your strengths and desires as well as your blocks and limitations more visible; it acts as a fertiliser for your personal and spiritual growth.
I am therefore very excited to be running a workshop about goal setting from a spiritual point of view. It is about alignment, aligning all areas of your life, aligning your wishes with your Spirit’s desires, the little ego with the Higher Self, your current outlook with the bigger picture. Why? Because until there is such alignment, the meaning of the word “intention” will spell “in tension”.
What you will gain from the “Goals and Desires” workshop:
Responding to your desires is a major part of your healing, i.e. your journey to wholeness. In this workshop I will share with you practical strategies for discovering, defining and achieving what you want. The techniques will include;
- Guided meditations for connecting with higher parts of yourself.
- Powerful NLP-based processes designed to put energy into your thoughts and goals.
- Working with time lines, one of the most important applications of NLP – there is a huge difference between simply wanting something and actually placing it in your future time line!
Goals are potent guiding principles, providing your energy with a direction and your will with a focus. It is therefore a crucial part of this workshop to help you to explore your criteria for making choices and their underlying belief systems before you take action.
If you feel ready to take response-ability for your desires and would like to boost your ability to fulfil them, then this workshop is for you.
Date: Saturday, 5 February 2011
Times: 12 noon – 6 pm
Venue: The Wren Clinic, London EC3R 5DD
Booking: The fee is £129. To book your place, please call the Wren Clinic on tel: 020 7283 8908 to pay by card.
If you would prefer to pay online, then please let me know and I will send you a Pay Pal Money Request e-mail. It is simple and secure and you will not need an account with Pay Pal for this.
If you prefer to pay by cheque, then please send a £129 cheque (made payable to The Co-Operative Bank – Mr M Kaufmann), with “Goals & Desires” written on the back, to:
c/o The Wren Clinic
All Hallows House
Once your payment has arrived, I will send you confirmation and further details about the workshop.
This is a rare opportunity to take this special workshop with me, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
- Music Therapy For Arthritis November 5, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010,
“For centuries humans have been using forms of music as therapy. This therapy for arthritis may sound new to the age but is a therapeutic concept that helps in releasing endorphins and other substances from brain that lead to changes in heart rate, respiration and blood pressure. Psychological aspects are important in any chronic pain. Many conditions such as fibromyalgia are classified as psychosomatic diseases.”