NLP Center Frequently Asked Questions
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a powerful technology for creating healthy interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships. Developed in 1975, NLP is concerned primarily with non-judgmentally identifying the ways in which we have been “programmed” to think, act, and feel and learning how to free ourselves from unwanted limiting habits and beliefs. In this way we are creating more richly rewarding choices. As a participant going through an NLP training you will be learning how to effectively and efficiently direct thoughts, feelings, language, and behaviors to achieve your personal and professional outcomes.
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.
Not all NLP Training programs are the same. What makes our center unique is who we are, what we teach and how we teach.
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.
In any given training, we have people attending who are interested in their own personal and professional development and enhancing communication skills as well as people wanting to learn these skills to help and empower others. Participants include people in the fields of health (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual), business, education, the arts, sales, computer programming, etc. and many people in the process of redefining or changing careers or lifestyle. These are people who are motivated to learn life skills that will go well beyond their present personal and professional competencies.
We have been offering complete NLP Practiitoner and Master Training programs since 1986. We have chosen to maintain the high quality and the integrity of the training as it was originally intended while continuing to update the training. While surfing the net you will find some organizations offering short cuts to learning NLP, through abbreviated 7 day versions of NLP as well as on-line courses. These courses, along with books, CDs and DVDs, can help you learn “about” NLP, understand its theory and appreciate some of its techniques, but they are no substitute for a live, complete, interactive training where you will get the direct “experience” along with the personal attention and immediate feedback designed to enhance your personal power and provide the skills for interpersonal excellence. If you want to participate in this real time, hands on, experiencial training with highly skilled Certified Master NLP Trainers/licensed psychotherapists approved by the International Association of NLP (IANLP), you will find it at The NLP Center of New York. While we do offer a 15 day summer intensive each year, the hours are 9 AM- 6PM to provide the same contact hours.
What if I want to learn NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis for my own personal transformation and am not interested in being a “Coach Practitioner”?
There are many people enrolled in the “Practitioner” training who take the course as part of their professional practice, but the vast majority of the people in these courses are taking the classes for their own personal development.
No. While it may be tempting to learn to become an NLP Practitioner from the comfort and convenience of your own home, it cannot be done. Anyone who has participated in a “non virtual,” hands on, experiential leaning environment with highly skilled Certified Coach Master NLP Trainers will understand immediately.
After demonstrating behavioral competencies of the NLP skills you will receive a certificate indicating that you are an NLP Coach Practitioner. You can use the title, Certified Coach Practitioner of NLP, in advertising yourself. We strongly recommend that if you intend to practice NLP with others that you complete the NLP Coach Master Practitioner Training to get the full range of skills and tools needed to work with a variety of individuals. We also offer on-going post coach master practitioner training to keep you skills finely tuned. Each state has its own laws regulating mental health practitioners. Some require an advanced degree from an accredited university or college.
The NLP Center of New York has many courses running concurrently. So if you have to miss a class, we will make arrangements for you to attend the same topics at another time. Our assistant trainers will be happy to meet with you to go over the material. Anyone attending our NLP Coach Practitioner Training has the opportunity to purchase a DVD covering the missed material. There will also be regularly scheduled monthly practice classes led by an NLP trainer which is free when you are enrolled in a training.
If I take an NLP Coach Practitioner Training with another center can I then take the NLP Coach Master Practitioner at your center?
Yes, provided that the quality and the live contact hours of the NLP Coach Practitioner Training are comparable to those of The NLP Center of New York. A few organizations have condensed training programs that leave out many of the essential skills while providing little of no practice. We suggest participating in an NLP Practitioner Training that will provide a solid foundation before enrolling in an NLP Master Practitioner Training.
We have been offering certification training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming since 1986.
Yes! We can supply you with names and e-mail addresses of people who have trained with us.
The quality of an NLP training is obviously only as good as the quality and expertise of its trainers. And since all NLP trainers are not the same, we suggest using your own eyes, ears and “gut” feelings to make your final determination. We offer many opportunities to meet the trainers in action; they include attending one of our free evening NLP previews, our two day NLP introductory seminars or setting up an individual meeting with one of the trainers. Remember: NLP trainers as well as NLP Practitioners come from a variety of both traditional and non-traditional backgrounds, including, psychology, education, business, the performing arts, body work, computer programming and medicine.
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.
In our NLP Practitioner Coach Certification Training we typically have 24 participants and assistant trainers. Our weekday training is somewhat smaller (between 10 and 15 people also with assistant trainers).
The only prerequisites are curiosity and a commitment to respecting (not necessarily agreeing with) other people’s “models of the world.”