PTSD and Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a process by which language is used to reframe, reroute and redesign our memories, understanding and feelings about experience. Based on strategies for modeling human excellence NLP is a program designed to use language to interrupt and recreate neural pathways in the brain to optimize human functioning.
The brain filters stimuli and stores it within a large network of sensory representation systems, including sight, sound, touch, smell, feel and taste. An example of how this works: there’s a song you listened to often during the first time you ever fell in love. Now, whenever you hear that song you feel 1) a flush of happiness if the relationship went well, 2) a surge of sadness and remorse if things ended poorly.
All of our memories are coded this way. When something reminds us of trauma the brain immediately searches inside itself for associations and then represents back to you what it finds in the wayof mental pictures and emotions.
Neural pathways in the brain are created by experience. The more often these pathways and connections are fired the more they gain strength. For people struggling with PTSD this means their own minds continue to reinforce the negative neural pathways.
The techniques of NLP work by:
- isolating personal thought and representation strategies
- identifying where they are counter-productive
- redirecting them for postive effects
The goal of NLP treatment is to assess where the representational strategies are not positively functioning and evolve them so that new neural pathways and actions are formed. NLP does this by:
- focusing on the present
- determing desired outcomes for the future
- teaching people to use their brains to make change
- eliciting behavioral strategies and making modifications
- engaging the power of the subconscious mind and imagination
Neuro = the nervous system through which experience is recieved and processed through the five senses.
Linguistic = Language and nonverbal communcation systems through which neural representations are coded, ordered and given meaning.
Programming = the ability to organize our communication and neurological systems to achieve specific desired goals and results.
The effects of NLP are often quick, immediate, long-lasting and self-empowering.
For further reading:
Richard Bandler (co-creator of NLP) explains the basic foundation:
For a more personal experience of NLP, take a look at these posts from our blog:
- PTSD Treatment: Alternative Therapy Options
- PTSD Treatment: Traditional Therapy Options
- PTSD and Talk Therapy
- PTSD and Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- PTSD and EMDR Therapy
- PTSD and Exposure Therapy
- PTSD and Energy Processing Therapy
- PTSD and Hypnosis
- PTSD and Neuro-Linguistic Programming
- PTSD and Self-Empowered Therapy
- PTSD and Group Therapy
- Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises