NLP Center Most Frequently Asked Questions
NLP began with the modeling of experts in the field of interpersonal and intrapersonal communication and change including Virginia Satir (a family therapist), Fritz Perls (the developer of Gestalt Therapy) and Milton Erickson (developer of Ericksonian Hypnosis). Ericksonian Hypnosis helps individuals develop deep trance states, which can be used for relaxation and stress reduction, problem solving, and accessing the inner resources needed to meet life’s ongoing challenges. The hypnotic language patterns of Milton Erickson can be used in everyday communication as well as in formal trance inductions.
While NLP includes many of the hypnotic language patterns and underlying presuppositions of Erickson’s work, it is itself a distinct field of study. The two fields are complimentary, working with both the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. Our entry level courses in NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis, the NLP Coach Practitioner Certification Training and the Ericksonian Hypnosis Practitioner Certification Training are both designed for individuals interested in using these skills as part of their own personal development as well as for working with others in a professional setting.
The NLP Center has been operating since 1986. Steven Leeds, LMHC, with his background in education and transpersonal psychology and Dr. Rachel Hott, PhD with her background in clinical psychology, Dance Movement Therapy and business consulting bring together a unique blend of knowledge, skills and expertise. They have built this center on a deep respect for each human being and his or her potential for transforming their inner and outer world. Each of our trainers have completed an extensive and rigorous NLP trainer’s training that required a minimum of 4 years (over 1,000 hours) of study after completing their NLP Master Practitioner Training.
We see NLP as something one does “with” people and not “to” them. Our trainers have a great respect for the power inherent in the uses and misuses of the NLP technology and model this respect both on and off “the playing field.” For us, NLP is a model for “having power over your own life” and “empowering others,” not to control or manipulate others. The NLP Center of New York staff works as a team, emphasizing creating healthy patterns when relating to others, to ourselves and to the world around us.
Steven and Rachel who are partners in life and in business model this way of being in their relationship with their students, with each other, within their family and with themselves. NLP is not just something our staff does for a living; it is an integral part of our life. While our training staff is committed to developing a high level of competency among the practitioners, we are not interested in turning out technicians. The goal is to have NLP Center of New York graduates know how to relate with others genuinely, from their heart as well as their head, from the left brain as well as the right and to be as concerned about the well-being of others as they are with themselves. The NLP Center of New York goal is to train people to ethically use the NLP skills to enrich our lives and to make this world a better place to live.
And they each bring to the training not only their own professional background, but their personality, humor, practical applications and spirit. You all know from your schooling that the same material presented by one teacher may be quite different from that of another. And while two doctors may have the same knowledge, their values, beliefs, personalities and ways of caring for their patients may vary greatly. Spending time researching and learning about the trainers with whom you will be learning and making a significant monetary investment is time well spent.