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Therapy: CBT, NLP & Counseling – What is the difference?

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

Sometimes life is difficult. And we need help from a professional healer or therapist.

How do we choose the right type of healing or therapy to receive?

For many people, though, the cause of their unease is not so clear.

If you are looking for someone to give you some support with day to day life, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which therapy is best suited to meet your needs?

Most people are aware of what counseling is. ~Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is fairly well known these days and of course many people use Neuro-Linguistic programming (NLP). ~Counseling & CBT look to help at the conscious level. Our behavior, thoughts and feelings are driven by our unconscious mind so my view is that trying to solve the problem consciously will potentially bring limited or inconsistent results. ~NLP Practitioner or Master Practitioner principally uses the unconscious mind to make the change – moving clients forward to changes, to preferred patterns of behavior, more positive and resourceful thought processes. Takes place automatically at the Subconscious level. ~My views are driven by my personal experience having been at the receiving end of all of them. For me, NLP offered me the tools and ways to bring about long term benefit, and I took it and never looked back! In fact I found the changes so profound, I went on to train as an NLP Master Practitioner Let’s look at all 3 in a bit more detail ...

What is Counseling? ~Counseling is referred to as talk therapy. It gives people the opportunity to express feelings, explore difficulties or things they find distressing, with the counselor's role

being to listen in order to understand, reflect, help you clarify the problem and enable you to see more choices or different ways of addressing the issue. ~Counseling can be good for people who would like space and time to verbalize their thoughts and feelings (to off load) and where people feel that they would benefit by being listened to – however this isn’t for everyone. ~The Counsellor does not offer any advice or solutions themselves that will enable the underlying issue to be sorted, rather they allow the individual to discover new options or perspectives as a result of talking the personal problem through.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) The principle is to help people become more consciously aware of the pattern of their thinking – NLP acknowledges the link between thought, feelings and actions/behavior. CBT does not work with the Subconscious mind -CBT helps people build a conscious understanding of these connections. Most often, our thoughts ‘run away’ with us, and before we know it, the ‘behavior’ or ‘pattern’ is running at full pelt – to try and work with the problem at this stage is very hard. CBT looks to discover the triggers and behaviors so that more useful strategies can be developed which is helpful on one level, but not as helpful as understanding the Subconscious patterns and fixing these. ~CBT requires the individual to talk honestly about the problems they are experiencing whilst also trying to challenge their own thoughts, beliefs and attitudes. Exploring the linkages using the CBT framework.

~CBT has some similarities with NLP in that its philosophy is that the content of our thoughts have a major influence on our emotions and behavior. However CBT and NLP differ in the way they help their clients ~CBT looks to help you make sense of the problems you may be experiencing at the moment by using the framework to consciously think of changes you can make ~NLP looks to change the underlying patterns/strategies so that the problems don’t reappear. ~CBT critics talk about the fact that ‘at best CBT delivers inconsistent results ? – My belief is that CBT’s biggest limitation is its reliance on the conscious mind – It’s like the difference between trying to change a habit consciously, which some say 21 days of consistent practice, and even then for some it doesn’t work. ~ Verses. ~NLP which can change habits subconsciously in a matter of minutes, not days by making the change Subconsciously, and in my practice has had a 100% success rate to date.

What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) ~NLP is all about making changes at the Subconscious level – change becomes automatic – ~NLP is a lot faster at fixing the issue than CBT as well. ~Counseling and CBT help the individual to gain a conscious understanding of the problem initially by talking through the details. ~NLP doesn't require the individual to share at length the history of the story to the problems. ~NLP Master Practitioner will be able to help the individual fix the problem/Issue and heal that part of themselves. Its understanding clears the issues or negative belief. ~NLP offers a ‘toolkit’ of techniques and a mindset that is based on the study of human excellence. NLP offers solutions for people, is very practical and enables changes to be made quickly, and often in less sessions than CBT. ~NLP offers a therapy that does not require individuals to discuss their problems at length in order to provide the solution – NLP is more focused on the client fixing the Subconscious problem using the tool and parts work. ~NLP clears the part or parts of you that have held you stuck to a belief that does not serve YOU. You created a belief when you were a child, and that belief can be a belief that you are Not enough, you are NOT worthy of love and Things are nor available to you, Life is hard.

We clear these negative beliefs and let that traumatic part of yourself go..

So you can be fully healed. If your curious and want to learn more, Please reach out 🙂

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