Mariley Liebenberg- Creative Life Coach

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What is NLP?

Neuro-linguistic programming is a way of changing someone's thoughts and behaviors to help achieve desired outcomes for them.

The popularity of neuro-linguistic programming or NLP has become widespread since it started in the 1970s. Its uses include treatment of phobias and anxiety disorders and improvement of workplace performance or personal happiness.  NLP uses perceptual, behavioral, and communication techniques to make it easier for people to change their thoughts and actions.  NLP relies on language processing but should not be confused with natural language processing, which shares the same acronym.

NLP was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, who believed it was possible to identify the patterns of thoughts and behaviors of successful individuals and to teach them to others.

How does NLP work?

The varying interpretations of NLP make it hard to define. It is founded on the idea that people operate by internal "maps" of the world that they learn through sensory experiences.  NLP tries to detect and modify unconscious biases or limitations of an individual's map of the world.

An NLP practitioner will identify a person's PRS and base their therapeutic framework around it. The framework could involve rapport-building, information-gathering, and goal-setting with them.

NLP is a broad field of practice. As such, NLP practitioners use many different techniques that include the following:



  • Anchoring: Turning sensory experiences into triggers for certain emotional states.



  • Rapport: The practitioner tunes into the person by matching their physical behaviors to improve communication and response through empathy.



  • Swish pattern: Changing patterns of behavior or thought to come to a desired instead of an undesired outcome.



  • Visual/kinesthetic dissociation (VKD): Trying to remove negative thoughts and feelings associated with a past event.

What is Creative Life Coaching?

Coaching Creatively is for enhancing well-being and performance in personal life and work domains underpinned by models of coaching grounded in established creative approaches.   Creative Life Coaching enables clients to identify and subsequently modify the relationship between the right-brain and left-brain approaches to remove creative blocks that impede the execution of their goal-directed creative activities 
Reasons why an individual would require creative coaching can be summarised as follows, the: 

• Removal of creative blocks in their creative professional lives  

• Leading a more creative life through play and creativity

• Creatively problem-solving to improve individual performance  

• Improving business performance through innovation

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