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Personal Development

Personal Therapy

For NLPtCA Accreditation, you are asked to undertake a minimum of 25 hours of Personal Therapy, preferably within the NLPt modality.  This will be spread realistically over the 3-5 year period of development, and not clustered for example at the end of the final year.  Whether or not you choose to seek full accreditation, you are required to have undertaken 6 hours in the first year of the Diploma and 9 hours in the second year.

This requirements serves:

  • to seek resolution of own personal issues, not only for your own personal wellbeing, but also for the wellbeing of your client.
  • to work through any areas of resistance or bias that you may discover whilst working with a client. For example you may realise that you avoid exploring anger, or suicidal tendendies, because of your own unresolved issues regarding such areas.
  • to handle any emotional issues arising from working with clients, or as a result of your training and supervision explorations
  • to deal with changes in your own circumstances which might lead you to becoming vulnerable or unresourceful with clients, or which might influence your objectivity with certain clients
  • to experience the process from a clientʼs perspective, so heightening your awareness of a clientʼs needs
  • to align with the personal benefits of the service you are offering
  • to remove any ʻus and themʼ mindset

Each level of qualification has a prescribed number of hours of therapy.

Self Reflection Experience

For the purposes of full accreditation, self-reflective experiences can be recorded from the start of Practitioner training. Typical activities that can be included as self-reflective experience are:

  • Any counselling or personal therapy in another modality
  • Transformational coaching received (either Life Coaching or Executive Coaching) where the emphasis is on belief and attitude change
  • Attendance at personal development workshops or seminars.  These might carry a fee or be free of charge.
  • Meditation Retreats, Intensive Workshops and holidays with a personal development purpose, such as Skyros, Cortijo Romero or similar.
  • Membership of a NLP/NLPt Practice group with a focus on self-development
  • Completion of psychometric measures and feedback, to include personality questionnaires, interest inventories and inventories of interpersonal style
  • Training in psychometrics as above
  • The remaining 50% of assisting at one certificated NLP/NLPt training – the other 50% may be included under formal training.
  • Self-directed learning activities to include reading an article or a book, listening to audio material, watching a DVD.
  • Keeping a self-development log or diary.

Self Reflection Log

Throughout your learning, you are asked to be accountable to your practice and develop the ability to review and evaluate your work. This personal review not only forms part of your Personal Development hours, but is likely to be the focus for your supervision, at least
three times a year.
You are asked to place your attention on these various areas. Overtime you will notice how your approach matures and your confidence in your handling of the therapeutic process improves.

  • Therapeutic Relationship with Client:  plotting the Change Process; nature of relationship – parallel process, map intrusion
  • Outcome focus:  connections between long term and short term outcomes; evidence – sensory specific, other
  • Modelling Practice:  plotting systems; identifying patterns; in the moment occurences
  • Interventions:  pattern of chosen interventions; rationale behind chosen interventions; use of other non constructivist modalities
  • Pragmatic Linguistics:  specific language use; language models
  • Ethical Issues:  boundaries; personal resourcefulness